Roberto Martinez speaks about Crystal Palace trip, shies away from targets and comments on shortcomings

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Considered

Everton manager Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Everton manager Roberto Martinez seems intent to focus on his side's trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League tomorrow night.

Pressure has been mounting on the Everton boss as his side slipped to 14th in the table following a 1-1 draw with Watford at the weekend, which saw some supporters show their discontent with the Spaniard, with at least one banner visibly calling for him to be removed from his post. 

Martinez said he had no problems with the banners on show at Watford, telling reporters at his pre-match press conference, shown on the club's YouTube channel: "I accept the only thing that matters is to make sure we finish season really, really strong. Everything is to fight for in league campaign.

"I’ve no problems with the passion the fans have towards the team, that’s the real strength we have."

The Toffees' boss seemed to bat away any questions about his future and summer plans, saying any transfer plans are made at the end of the season, and by emphasising the side's focus on tomorrow's trip to Selhurst Park, and even said it was too early to look ahead to the club's FA Cup semi-final in just under two weeks' time. 

He also did not want to set a target for the club for the remainder of the league season, adding: "The only thing that matters is preparing for the game tomorrow, moving on and developing a really good momentum for the rest of the season. I don't think anyone can think about that game just yet.

"It's not about setting targets at this point. We have to fight for every point we've got left to fight for."

There were some notable admissions about Everton's current predicament as he admitted that his side's home form and game management had been contributing factors to the side's underachievement in the league during this campaign.

"The results at home haven't been good enough and that's probably why where we are in the table," he said. "Away from home we've been pretty consistent. 

"We haven't been able to manage games well enough, we haven't conserved leads at times. We've thrown really good positions away and we need to get better. The way we see it as that we're in a significant moment of the season.

"We know who we are. We've a football club that's got incredibly high standards that wants this exciting team to become a winning team."

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