Roberto Martinez on Everton's confidence, pressure ahead of derby, injury update

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that confidence has gone through the roof at the club as they head into Sunday's Merseyside derby with Liverpool on the back of a comeback victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend - which saw them recover from two goals down to win 3-2.

The Spaniard admitted that the derby carries extra significance but is clear that the three points are the most important thing, and he is not concerned that the Toffees haven't won against Liverpool in five years. 

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, shown on the club's YouTube channel:  "We should be looking ahead to this game, nothing more. The past doesn't matter. It's a 90-minute affair, and it's about how good we can be."

Martinez said it was too early to tell whether Seamus Coleman or John Stones will be available for Sunday's game, but says they are progressing well and will make a decision on whether they play as late as possible.

The Blues' job is arguably made easier by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers being under pressure after an indifferent start to the season, which sees them trail Everton by a point in the league table after seven games, but Martinez didn't say his side were favourites going into Sunday lunchtime's encounter.

He added: "What matters is the 90 minutes. We're showing good form, so maybe people see us as favourites. But if you look at the amount of money Liverpool have spent in the last three seasons, maybe you would say they are favourites."

Martinez was asked about how much of a threat Liverpool pose when they have a fit Daniel Sturridge in their ranks, and admitted that the striker gives the Reds an edge, but he sees the England man as one of a number of players that can do damage, indicating that Everton or not taking any member of the Liverpool side lightly.

"Liverpool have got good players. Sturridge is one but they have others. Liverpool are on the back of a good win against Villa, and we will have to be aware of every single individual."

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