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Roberto thrilled with Everton's young players after smashing win

Manager's quotes after the game

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Everton sparkled today in a 4-0 dismantling of the Aston Villa, who remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. After the game, Roberto Martinez had this to say.

Jokes aside though, Roberto was effusive in his praise for the young Everton side, especially leading lights Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu -

"In terms of our attacking play, and the way we kept a clean sheet, that was a complete performance.

"I think it was really impressive because before the game we knew it was a tricky fixture.

"When you come back from an international break, you always feel wary as a manager to see how quickly you are going to find the tempo.

"Straight away we saw Aston Villa with a clear idea of being difficult to break down and make things very frustrating. That was a very dangerous situation because that frustration can creep into the game.

"It was a really impressive performance. I was delighted with how we carried on the attacking threat that we showed against Sunderland. Two games at home now with ten goals from open play, it's quite remarkable the talent we have.

"Everyone shows such a focus and intensity in their performances. The reason we are so focused is the competition for places."

On his leading striker Lukaku hitting the 50-goal mark - only the fifth player to reach 50 Premier League goals before his 23rd birthday (along with Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo).

"We keep getting a reminder of what a special talent we have at the football club.

"He is still a very young man with incredible potential and he still only 22.

"You look at the other names who have achieved the landmark he achieved today, an elite group of footballers - and I feel Rom fits into that group extremely well.

"Reaching 50 Premier League goals is an impressive landmark, and the maturity he has shown this season is even more impressive."

On Deulofeu's current hot streak of form -

"Gerard Deulofeu has been at this level for a number of weeks now. We have young footballers with the world at their feet.

"Geri has been a dilemma for many weeks now. Competition for places helps develop partnerships."

Martinez might have been carried away by the thought of not having just one John Stones on his side!

"When you see young players like John Stones, Ross Barkley and John Stones with the world at their feet it's very exciting."

On Ross Barkley saying he's playing the best football of his life -

"I think we can all agree that he's a special talent, and his young career is quite exciting. What I love about Ross is just his passion for the game, and it's very rare to see this among the new generation of footballers. Ross Barkley and John Stones, and their love of playing the game, and the passion they have for football."