Martinez on what particularly impressed him about Everton, assesses Newcastle

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists Newcastle did not make it easy for his side.

Last night's scoreline suggests Everton ran out comfortable winners over Newcastle United, but manager Roberto Martinez suggests it was far from easy.

Speaking to the club's official website, Martinez insists Newcastle approached the game well and made it hard for them especially early on.

He went onto express how pleased he was with his team, and that he believes it was the most complete performance they have put together this season.

Martinez said: "I think it was the first time this season we managed the game for 90 minutes. We defended really well when we had to and I thought we really enjoyed playing in front of our home crowd.

"They looked fresh and we found it a little difficult to break them down early on, but the first goal was an outstanding move.

"Then from that point, we attacked well, anticipated their attacks well and defended with a good intensity. I thought it was a very professional performance."

Martinez has come under pressure in recent weeks, but the 3-0 victory over Newcastle moved them up the table into 11th place.

Newcastle meanwhile will be getting a little anxious. New signing Andros Townsend struggled to make any sort of impact, nor did Jonjo Shelvey or Henri Saivet.

They remain in 18th place in the relegation zone, and need to start putting wins together urgently, while manager Steve McClaren will be a man under real pressure if they do not, considering the recent investment from owner Mike Ashley.

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