Martinez singles out Everton's Leon Osman for praise after West Ham win

Roberto Martinez has praised Everton midfielder Leon Osman for his performance against West Ham United.

Roberto Martinez has hailed Leon Osman's performance in Everton's 2-1 win against West Ham United yesterday. 

The 33-year-old was making his 400th appearance for the club and he did not disappoint on the special occasion. 

Osman put in a man-of-the-match display as he dominated the midfield and dictated the play for his side throughout.

It was, therefore, fitting that he should be the one to grab the winning goal late on in the match, by sliding in a Samuel Eto'o cross. 

"I thought Leon was outstanding throughout the game - not just because of his goal," Martinez said after the match

"His role was to protect the back four and to dictate the play in quite a deep area.

"So, the last person that you expect to see on the counter-attack is Leon. I think it was a reflection of what he is as a footballer because he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve and he will achieve it.

"He got the winning goal in a very fitting performance and a very fitting appearance."

Osman has shown incredible loyalty throughout his career at Goodison Park and he is currently enjoying one of the most exciting times of his career at the Merseyside club. 

Everton have raised expectations after a brilliant season last year and they seem to be clicking into gear this time around, too. 

Martinez's men are now unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions and are just two points off a top-four spot.

There is now genuine hope that a Champions League qualification space is within their grasp and Osman will have rarely seen a stronger team than the one that the side currently have during his 17 year stay with the club. 

The 33-year-old has been used sparingly so far this campaign, but if he keeps his current performance levels up he is sure to stay in the starting line-up, even with the quality Martinez has at his disposal. 

Everton's next fixture comes against Tottenham Hotspur, where they will be looking to increase their unbeaten run to eight games. 

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