Robert Martinez admits Aston Villa could pose "impossible" challenge for Everton

Roberto Martinez

The Everton manager says he is determined not to let his side underestimate Tuesday's opponents.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has issued a warning for his side ahead of Tuesday night's clash with Aston Villa, telling reporters, via Sky Sports, that his players cannot afford to underestimate the Premier League bottom side.

The Toffees travel to Villa Park looking to recover from a shock 1-0 home defeat against West Bromwich Albion in their last outing, in which Martinez's side dominated but were undone by a failure to break through.

Villa have won just three league matches all season and were battered 6-0 by Everton's Merseyside rivals Liverpool in their last home fixture, but the former Wigan boss is adamant that they still pose a threat to his side.

Martinez told reporters, as shown by Sky Sports: "Aston Villa are fighting for their lives, and I think we are getting to a moment to the season where every point matters.

"It has been a really difficult season for Aston Villa but that doesn't take away that they have had really good performances and on the day if we are not at our best it will be an impossible game to compete in.

"The focus is on being able to start the game with the same intensity that Aston Villa are going to have at home and knowing the importance of the three points."

Everton come into the game on a superb streak of away form, having not lost on the road in seven Premier League matches since a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in October.

In all competitions, they have suffered defeat away from Goodison Park just once in their last 11 trips, losing 3-1 to Manchester City in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The Toffees are currently 12th in the table but could move up into the top half with victory at Villa Park.

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