Martinez: Everton did not do this key thing well enough

Roberto Martinez

The Toffees were knocked out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Roberto Martinez has discussed the big thing that Everton did not do well enough against Dynamo Kyiv.

The Toffees lost 5-2 on the night in the Ukraine, leading to a 6-4 aggregate scoreline and Everton becoming the last English team knocked out of Europe this season.

Kyiv put in a brilliant attacking display, and had all-but killed the game off before half-time. After going 3-1 down, Everton never truly looked like getting back into the tie and they did not capitalise when Romelu Lukaku scored a vital away goal to pull the game level.

At 1-1 on the night, one would have expected the Toffees to shut up shop and play for the draw, but they were ripped open again and again and were lucky that Dynamo wasted many chances to extend the lead even future.

There were some individual performances that were not up to scratch, but the whole team ethic really was the cause for the defeat. Attacking players were not pulling their weight for the side and Martinez has offered a frank assessment as to the main reason for the defeat.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Martinez said: “The defence have been very strong in the last two games. And I felt the communication and experience between them would be important today.

“I think it is a case of the whole team not defending well enough.”

The Toffees defence has come in for criticism for much of the 2014/15 campaign, and the summer transfer window could prove vital for Martinez as he looks to rebuild his frail squad.

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