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Stoke 2-0 Everton – Instant reaction

Everton, this is relegation. Relegation, meet Everton

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This nightmare of a season continues as the Britannia with Everton going down to Stoke 2-0.

It is a game we have seen so many times this season and indeed pretty much mirrors the defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

Everton began brightly enough, with Darron Gibson making an impression on his first start of the season. However, they were simply not clinical enough up front, in fact they were toothless.

The only opportunities they had in the first half was a long-range drive from Darron Gibson and a Aaron Lennon effort just before the break.

By that point Everton were 1-0 down thanks to some more sloppy defending.

Luke Garbutt failed to close Charlie Adam down allowing him to cross for a completely unmarked Victor Moses to head into the top corner.

Romelu Lukaku saw a decent effort deflected just wide at the start of the second half as Everton briefly threatened a fightback.

Substitutes Arouna Kone and Leon Osman also gave Everton extra momentum, but was all too brief and they never put Stoke under sustained pressure.

With their play becoming increasingly ragged in the final ten minutes, Everton were caught on the break allowing substitute Mame Biram Diouf to convert after Marko Arnauotovic had hit the post.

The sound of oles echoing around the Britannia with each Stoke pass in the closing stages of the game just completed the humiliation.

Everton once again looked toothless and devoid of any spirit or desire. It has been the same for weeks now though and they are careering towards a relegation battle they looked ill-equipped to win.

I have been a huge admirer of Martinez but his failure to address Everton’s problems is worrying me. Either through stubbornness or ineptitude, he has failed to alter Everton's failing tactics and the players appear to have little belief in him or his methods.

This result appeared to be the turning point for many supporters – and both Martinez and Everton are rapidly running out of time.