Everton Manager, Roberto Martinez
Everton Manager, Roberto Martinez

Martinez: “We controlled the game”

Roberto Martinez was delighted with how Everton controlled the game in their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Roberto Martinez: “It was very difficult. Villa carried a threat on the counter attack. I’m pleased we controlled the game and stopped them. We scored at the right times and we were in control, but I’m so pleased at the way we performed.

“We had a real focus and intensity to defend well. Overall, we worked extremely hard to keep Villa quiet in front of goal. It was a very clever performance and an important one. It’s a special feeling after the way we lost at Manchester United.

“Today was a really strong team performance, which is pleasing when you come back from the international break.

“We had to be patient with Ross Barkley. I didn’t expect him to last as long as he did, but he got the tempo of the match very quickly. It’s good to see him back.”

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