Roberto Martinez makes damning admission about how he feels watching Everton play at home

Roberto Martinez

The Toffees manager admits even he has to hold his breath on the touchline at Goodison Park, even when his side are winning and playing well.

Everton's home form this season has been a huge thorn in their side and it seems even Roberto Martinez is uncomfortable watching his team play, with the Toffees manager admitting that he has to hold his breath even when the Toffees are winning, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Martinez's side have won just four of their 16 Premier League matches at Goodison Park this season, with only the three sides currently in the relegation zone enduring a worse record.

Of the remaining 12 home fixtures, they have lost eight, a total which is only better than that of Crystal Palace and straggling bottom side Aston Villa.

On the road, however, only the Premier League's top two of Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur have lost as few games, with the Toffees tasting defeat just twice away from home.

Even well they play well at home, Martinez's side appear susceptible to a collapse, as illustrated perfectly by the 3-2 defeat to West Ham United when the hosts conceded three goals in the final 12 minutes to surrender a 2-0 goal lead at the start of March.

The club's woeful home form has been a major source of dissent for the Goodison Park faithful, and even Martinez has admitted that he is left holding his breath as his side struggle to see out results on their own turf.

The Spanish boss told reporters, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "You look at our away record and you look at our home record and it’s the most contrasting record you are going to see in European football. You are not going to see a team that has such a good away record and such a poor home record.

"That develops a bit of a negative momentum. Two years ago, we used to turn up at Goodison looking forward to getting the ball moving, we were going to win the game. Now, at the moment, we know we need to be perfect and on top of that you are always holding your breath because maybe when you throw a two-goal lead with 12 minutes to go against West Ham, that could damage you.

"That is where the work is, believing immensely that we are a very good side, that we can rely on our fans and make Goodison a really tough place once more. I wouldn’t say there is a different feel, there is always a clear optimism that we can please our fans and get a positive result and we can build on that."

Everton return to home action on Saturday when they host high-flying Southampton in a match which kicks off a crucially-important week for Martinez's ailing side.

Four days after that clash they make the short trip across the city to face rivals Liverpool, and three days later comes their biggest match of the season, the FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United at Wembley.

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