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Martinez hails impact of Everton hero Robles

Roberto Martinez was full of praise for Joel Robles after his excellent display in the FA Cup tie against Bournemouth.


Everton overcame fellow Premier League side Bournemouth in the FA Cup last night in a 2-0 victory against the Cherries, with Joel Robles performing well in goal.

The goalkeeper was forced to produce the goods in the second half when Everton midfielder James McCarthy inexplicably handled the ball in the penalty area. The often-reliable Charlie Daniels stepped forward for Bournemouth but his low drive was well saved by Robles.

Martinez was quick to praise Robles’ performance in his press conference after the game, with his comments later published by the Liverpool Echo.

“We saw a very special performance today from Joel Robles. I thought he was magnificent in the way he controlled the moment.

“I have to highlight the role that Tim Howard had on that [Robles’ development]. Since he picked up the injury, he’s been an incredible influence on Joel”

The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, who won the FA Cup final with Wigan Athletic in 2013, has been Tim Howard’s understudy since he arrived at Goodison Park.

At just 25, Robles certainly has the quality to challenge Howard with recent injuries to Everton’s number one giving the Spaniard the chance to impress.

Next up for the Toffees is an away trip to Premier League strugglers Aston Villa and Robles will be keen to cement his place in the starting eleven by continuing to perform in Howard’s absence.

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