Tony Cascarino's major criticism of Roberto Martinez after Everton's League Cup defeat

Roberto Martinez

Everton surrendered a good position in their League Cup semi-final against Manchester City, as they were knocked out of the competition at the Etihad Stadium.

In his column for The Times, former Chelsea, Celtic and Aston Villa forward Tony Cascarino has questioned Everton manager Roberto Martinez after the Toffees were knocked out of the League Cup semi-final by Manchester City last night. 

Everton had a 2-1 lead going into the second leg and their position was strengthened by an early Ross Barkley strike at the Etihad Stadium but only for Manuel Pellegrini's side to strike on three occasions to take their place at Wembley - where they will meet Liverpool at the end of February.

Manchester City's second goal on the night was the source of controversy after the ball appeared to have run out of play before Raheem Sterling pulled the ball back to Kevin De Bruyne - whose subsequent strike then levelled up the tie prior to Sergio Aguero's winner. 

But Cascarino says that the Everton boss wasn't astute enough and has pointed to other examples from this season when the Toffees seem to have had the game in their hands but squandered the opportunity to press home their advantage.

He wrote in The Times: "I have never felt that he has won by being tactically astute and defending a lead doggedly. This was a big test, after Everton went 1-0 ahead last night, but it became the latest case of one of his teams collapsing in the second half. Chelsea, Bournemouth and Stoke City have denied Everton victory with late goals in the league this season."

This is certainly a fair point and a particular gripe among some Everton supporters that they have been unable to capitalise on their winning positions in games which has ad an adverse effect on their league position - as 12th place for the squad currently at the Spaniard's disposal doesn't strike as anywhere near good enough.

There have been plenty of opportunities for Martinez so far to show that he can do more than set his side up just to play attacking football. Sometimes there's a time to shut up shop and take what you can and Everton's defence has looked too fragile to do that, and the same problems seem to be occurring - though one must state they were hard done by with the second goal in last night's encounter.

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