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Martinez: Pleased by Everton's resilience today against City

The manager thought the Blues were worth the point today

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez was happy to see his side dig deep today away at Manchester City, and felt the Toffees were good value for a point today.

"In the first half we were very good and controlled the game for long spells. We had two big moments in front of goal - Gerard Deulofeu's chance and Leon Osman with an incredible bit of technical ability.

"In the second half we didn't impose ourselves as well but had to show resilience and defend well.

"It's been over a year since Manchester City haven't scored at home and I take satisfaction in the way that we had to defend.

"Every time we went forward, we looked threatening even though we didn't do it as often as we wanted.

"Overall, we can take incredible satisfaction from this performance. To have that defensive ability, it was very pleasing. We can build on this performance in the second half of the season."

Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard has been the subject of the fans' derision for long periods of this season but Martinez has kept faith in his man. Today the goalie justified his inclusion in the side with a resounding performance that harked back to his best times with Everton.

"You rely on character and Tim Howard is an example of that. You get good and bad moments of form and there are always a bit more extreme views on a goalkeeper, whether you play well or make a couple of errors.

"The way Tim prepares for the games, trains on a daily basis, faces adversity and takes responsibility is why as a manager you have blind belief in him.

"He is an incredible influence on the younger players and you will never see him blaming anyone else. He accepts responsibility.

"It's no accident that he has made 350 Premier League appearances."