Roberto Martinez comments on Oumar Niasse's first Everton start

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Everton beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Goodison Park today.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he was glad to see Oumar Niasse make his full debut for the club today.

The Toffees went into today's game against Bournemouth under huge pressure having gone seven games without a win in the Premier League, and last weekend's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United didn't do much to help manager Martinez.

His side did take the lead early on against Bournemouth though as Tom Cleverley found the net, only for Everton's defensive frailties to be shown up yet again as Marc Pugh swiftly responded with the equaliser.

Leighton Baines won it for Everton though, handing them a rare home win - and the game also saw a first start for striker Oumar Niasse.

The Senegal international was a big-money signing from Lokomotiv Moscow in January, but has so far been limited to substitute appearances, leaving Everton fans puzzled as to why he was brought in.

Today though, Niasse started in place of Romelu Lukaku up front, and played an hour before being replaced for Lukaku - and after the game, manager Martinez told the Liverpool Echo that it was important for Niasse to not only play, but also strike up a relationship with the Everton fans who have seen precious little of him so far.

"It was good to have someone like Oumar Niasse to finally make his full debut," said Martinez. "In January it was his dream to make that debut for Everton and we had to wait a long time."

"I think it was very important for him to have an hour and get that relationship with the fans and relationship with the players," he added.

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