Goals from Seamus Coleman and a first for the club from Aaron Lennon delivered a 2-1 win at struggling QPR and pulled the Toffees a comforting nine points away from the relegation zone. It was also the first time Everton had won two consecutive league games since October, following the comprehensive 3-0 win over Newcastle United last weekend.
However, it was the nature of the 5-2 UEFA Europa League defeat to Dynamo Kiev in between these two games that was typical of Everton's faltering season, and which lead some supporter's to make their feelings known. Photos in the Liverpool Echo show the words scrawled on walls outside Goodison Park on Saturday night, as fans made it clear that this season's campaign has been a huge disappointment.
But Martinez hailed the QPR win as "satisfying" for various reasons, telling the Liverpool Echo: “It's probably the most satisfying win in my time at Everton. The amount of emotion we had on Thursday (after the defeat in Kiev) and we got back really late - this season we have found it very difficult to get a win after Europe. We are adapting towards becoming a team who can cope with European and domestic competitions.”
Talking about the graffiti, which he had been made aware of, Martinez was philosophical and diplomatic and claimed that he understood why fans were unhappy with performances in the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, adding: “What I have discovered is that we're a passionate football club, a big football club, I understand when we don't get the results we want, you're going to get unrest, so as a manager I accept that.
“You always need to focus on what we can do to be a winning team, which is my focus and my only aim and I always respect whatever the views from the outside."
Everton now go into the international break with the reassurance of an element of safety away from the relegation zone, and can prepare for the visit of Southampton to Goodison Park on April 4th.