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Roberto: Everton deserved more

Everton manager's comments after today's loss

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Everton huffed and puffed but didn't get the lucky break they needed to score today, as they lost at home yet again, this time 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion. The Toffees had 34 efforts on goal and 76% of the possession, but it was the Baggies who took home the three points after Salomon Rondon's early goal.

Here's what the manager Roberto Martinez had to say -

"Sometimes in football, a dominant performance doesn't get you the right result. That was completely the story of what happened today.

"We knew exactly what we were going to face with West Brom - they are well-organised and use deadball situations to their advantage. They had one shot on target and they scored from a corner.

"We had 34 attempts, looked very sharp and bright, even with the outstanding organisation West Brom had. We created many, many opportunities - we hit the post, crossbar and three good chances in the second half.

"You are never going to have clear-cut opportunities against West Brom because of the amount of bodies they have around the 18-yard box but I thought we never got frustrated and the dominance in our performance deserved a better result."

Martinez was also asked what he thought about the visitor's time-wasting tactics after they scored.

"It's part of football. It is disappointing because when you pay a lot of money for your ticket, you want to see two teams going eye-to-eye with their own ways of playing. You want to see football being played and you don't want to see the ball out of play for too long.

"But, having said that, I wouldn't blame [them for] it. I think the referees could be a bit stronger. Ben Foster got booked and rightly so, but I think it would have had more of an impact if it had been done earlier.

"The reality is that West Brom will do whatever they need to do to get a win. But, for the good of football, you just don't want to see the game stopping and starting too much.

"I don't think football fans want to see it and referees should protect that side of the game."