Roberto Martinez offers his opinion on James McCarthy's dive against West Brom

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez was keen not to condemn James McCarthy for his dive against West Bromwich Albion.

Roberto Martinez has told Sky Sports that he does not plan to take any action against James McCarthy, after the midfielder dived in the second-half of Everton's match against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

McCarthy went over in the box in an effort to try and earn his side a penalty, when Craig Gardner had put in an attempted tackle. 

It was clear that there was no contact, and the Republic of Ireland international received a booking for simulation as a result. 

And Martinez said of the dive: "In that situation James is trying his best to get into a goal-scoring position and maybe he was expecting contact. I don't encourage my players to do that but sometimes mistakes happen as a player.

"The referee saw it and he handled it very well. Sometimes you are expecting something and you gamble and it happens. I don't give it any more importance than that."

In the end, Everton did not need McCarthy to dive to win the three points, as their overall play saw them pick up a 3-2 victory. 

The Toffees went 2-0 down in the fixture, but they fought back manfully and highlighted the attacking quality that they have in their ranks. 

Romelu Lukaku scored either side of an Arouna Kone goal to give Martinez's side a win which pushes them up to fifth in the Premier League table.

Everton's next game comes against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at the weekend, and another victory would further heighten the belief that is building around Goodison Park. 

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