Roberto Martinez's right-back experiment for Aaron Lennon failed last night

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The Everton manager decided to go with Lennon at right-back v Reading.

Everton took on Championship side Reading last night in the League Cup. In the end The Toffees came away with a 2-1 win in the fixture but they were certainly struggling for much of the game.

They went 1-0 down after Nick Blackman snuck in at the back-post to give Reading the lead at half-time.

The goal, was undoubtedly the fault of Aaron Lennon.

When the teamsheet came out everyone assumed a 3-5-2 was being adopted from Roberto Martinez. However, that was not the case.

Instead Ramiro Funes Mori played at left-back and Lennon actually slotted in at the unusual position of right-back.

In fairness, he had his good moments there but for the goal he went missing. Lennon was dragged toward the ball in the middle of the park, neglecting his defensive duties. When Ola John was played in with a 20 yard head start, not even the fleet-footed Lennon could keep up with him. He delivered a delightful ball to the back-post and the goal was simple for Blackman.

Everton had injury problems at right-back, that is a fair point, but if Lennon was auditioning for a future role, he failed.

Martinez should keep this as a one-time experiment.

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