Roberto Martinez wants Everton to kick on after Crystal Palace win

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

The Everton manager is hoping his team can use the win in London to spark their season into life.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants his team to use victory at Crystal Palace as a platform to kick-on and fulfil their potential, according to Sky Sports.

The Blues were forced to be defensively solid at Selhurst Park as they sought, and succeeded in securing a 1-0 win courtesy of Romelu Lukaku’s second-minute goal.

That effort helped them end a run of six Premier League games without a win, while they had also failed to register an away victory since beating Burnley in October. Now, Martinez believes the success could prove to be a turning point for his team.

“It feels like a real start in our season,” Martinez told Sky Sports.

“We want to get a good momentum and I feel now, in terms of the squad, we feel in a position that we can start showing the level we can reach. I think that it has been very tough for us to come to terms with many things not going our way and not being able to fulfil our potential, but today’s win is immense.”

What does this mean for Everton?

Martinez will be wary of getting too excited about a potential new dawn for his side, though, with them having suffered several false starts already.

The 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in December had looked to be the start of something good before they embarked on a run of successive defeats, while the impressive draw with Manchester City in January was followed by a disappointing 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion and a cup exit at the hands of West Ham United.

However, the victory over Alan Pardew’s side was Everton’s first in nine in all competitions, their second successive clean sheet and helped to move them seven points clear of the relegation zone, and Martinez had plenty to be happy about after the final whistle.

“I don’t think we’ve had the best of luck with Palace in the past few seasons, so it was great today to be so professional and so strong in our performance,” he added.

“I thought John (Stones) and Phil (Jagielka) show a better understanding game and game, and Joel (Robles) as well didn’t put a foot wrong. Very commanding, very confident and that gives you a very strong platform that you need in a place like today to get a positive result.”

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