Roberto Martinez insists Everton are making progress, explains how

Everton Goodison

Everton have improved in at least one area since last season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists his team are progressing mentally this season.

Martinez has bore the brunt of the Goodison crowd's frustrations in recent months, with the Toffees struggling to climb out of the Premier League's bottom half despite possessing what is arguably their best squad for a generation.

Romelu Lukaku has scored 25 goals already this campaign, while young Englishmen John Stones and Ross Barkley are rated among the country's top talents.

Though Everton may have disappointed in the league - they are currently level on points with Bournemouth but have played two fewer matches - they are shown glimpses of what they are capable of in the cups, reaching the semi-finals of both domestic competitions.

In January, the Toffees narrowly missed out on a trip to Wembley, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semis, but after beating Chelsea 2-0 on Saturday, they are now just one win away from finishing the season as FA Cup finalists.

And Martinez says that, whatever happens, his team have improved since last season, when they finished 11th in the Premier League, reached only the last-16 of the Europa League and were knocked out in the third round of both domestic cups.

"When you get into the semi-final of the FA Cup it’s because you are very, very good at something," the Spaniard told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT. "It is our second semi-final in a domestic competition this season, which is a terrific sign of how well we are progressing in terms of mentality."

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