The areas of Everton's game Martinez was pleased with despite Spurs defeat

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has praised Everton's energy levels, commitment and transitional phases during their match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking about the positives to come from a disappointing defeat to Totttenham Hotspur yesterday. 

The Toffees lost 2-1 to Spurs and struggled to find their best form during the contest, which ended their eight game unbeaten run. 

It also allowed Tottenham to leapfrog them in the Premier League standings, but Martinez was determined not to be too deflated by the loss and focused on three positives areas of his side's performance. 

"I'm pleased with the performance, because it's not an easy place to come and the energy levels that we showed, the commitment, even some phases of our football were really, really good," he is quoted byd FourFourTwo. "It's a tough scoreline to take when I didn't think our performance deserved that."

Everton had taken the lead in the match when Kevin Mirallas scored with a sensational strike, but they let it slip.

Goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado turned the game in its head and it is an early blow to the Toffees' European push.

Spurs are one of the teams that Martinez's men are competing with for a place in the top-four and allowing them to gain a lead on them at this early stage of the season is frustrating.

The Merseyside outfit had struggled to find form at the opening of the campaign, but appeared to have corrected their faults more recently. 

However, this defeat leaves questions continuing to be asked of their ability to match last season's performance - where they impressed, as they climbed into fifth spot in the table. 

The good news for the side is that they will have the opportunity to banish these doubts, by beating Hull City in midweek.

Everton host the Tigers on Wednesday night and they will be the favourites to collect the three points against Steve Bruce's men, who have been in poor form of late. 

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