Roberto Martinez risks fans' wrath with response to questions of whether he is to blame for Everton's poor season

Roberto Martinez

The Toffees manager says "there is no such thing as blame" despite supporters' increasing dissent towards him.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is coming under increasing pressure from the club's supporters, and he has risked infuriating them even further by claiming that nobody is to blame for their poor season, according to quotes published by Goal.

The Toffees have fallen to 14th in the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw at Watford extended their winless run to four matches and left them with just three league wins since Boxing Day.

If the Merseyside club were to finish the season in their current position, it would be their worst placing in the Premier League since they finished 17th 12 years ago, and after they finished in the bottom half for the first time in nine years last campaign, Martinez's job is coming under increasing scrutiny from fans and media alike.

However, the Spanish manager was bullish in response to the criticism in his press conference ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday, refuting the idea that the finger of blame should be pointed at him.

Martinez told reporters, as quoted by Goal: "There is no such thing as blame. The reality is we've been really, really good in certain aspects and really, really poor in others.

"We haven't been able to manage games well enough, we haven't conserved leads, we've thrown really good positions away and it's been reflected in the score lines. Clearly we need to get better."

That statement is unlikely to do the 42-year-old any favours with supporters who appear to be becoming increasingly convinced that he is no longer the right man for the job at Goodison Park.

Everton are now five points off a place in the top half, and according to some reports the Spanish manager's future could depend on whether or not the club can achieve success in the FA Cup.

The Toffees take on the winner of tomorrow night's quarter-final replay between West Ham United and Manchester United in the semi-final at Wembley later this month.

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