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Roberto's post-match quotes

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After the third consecutive 2-2 draw against a newly-promoted side on the opening day of the Premier League, here is what Everton manager Roberto Martinez had to say.

On Watford's late equalizer -

"The second goal was a big mistake positionally and we got heavily punished today."

'I thought Watford were very, very well organised.'

On how Everton came out strong in the second half -

"The reaction from the team after half time was pleasing. We also saw a very mature and composed Ross Barkley."

"We had many more chances and overall there is disappointment that we couldn't get more from that second half."

"In the first half, we clearly weren’t at the tempo and intensity Watford had," he added. "We were prepared but did not know how their players would gel together. What we knew was that we were facing a newly-promoted side and that means they bring enthusiasm and bravery that we had to match.

"We saw in that first half one team in pre-season mode and another in a competitive mode.

"Today was exactly the same as the opening day against Norwich two seasons ago - we wanted to please so much and then we had to face disappointment. But, ultimately, we saw two very different performances today and I think we reacted to the first-half performance extremely well.

"We were more free in what we did in terms of going forward in the second half and coming from behind twice pleases me. Our second half performance can be a platform to become very, very good this season."

On Arouna Kone's efforts this game -

"Arouna Kone arrived at Everton and I don’t know if a black cat crossed his path at Finch Farm, but everything went against him," he explained. "He had a really poor injury and it was really difficult for him.


"He was never able to get the momentum or luck and nobody got to see the best of Arouna. But he took responsibility in the worst possible moment of the game today.


"When he came on the pitch, you could see he had to win the crowd over and I was delighted for him. He came up with a quality finish - that’s one of his strengths, running into the box and finding that corner.


"I feel it can be a turning point and I hope everyone at Everton can see what he can bring to the team."

On what his transfer needs are after this performance -

"It would be disrespectful to talk about players at other clubs, but we are looking to add in three positions."

On the injury to leftback Leighton Baines -

"We don't know how long Leighton will be out, but it won't be just 2-3 weeks. it was a disaster the day before the season started."

"Everything had been perfect in Leighton's programme and he worked extremely hard in pre-season.

"He looked refreshed, he looked strong and he look at a really, really good level.

"Then, in training, he blocks a ball and it hits him exactly in the same area where he had surgery, with the unfortunate result that he's going to be out for a while.

"It's one of those tough moments that you have to take as a player but he knows we're going to help him immensely, everyone will support him and we have to make the most of his other role, which is to be part of the group and be a leader while he's getting back to full fitness."

On the horrendous tackle on Kevin Mirallas -

"He wanted to stay on the pitch, clearly. But he had a really nasty tackle and we're going to be assessing him in the next 48 hours.

"He tried to stay on, he couldn't and now we'll see what the extent of the injury is."