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Everton almost had Roberto Martinez dancing again

"..it would have been difficult to beat the moves we had on the pitch.."

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Everton have had a tremendous week - three straight 3-0 wins and Roberto Martinez is a happy man. After he was seen dancing away at a Jason Derulo concert in midweek, the away fans were chanting for the gaffer to 'cut some shapes' but he politely declined.

Aaron Lennon had another stellar game, but he was not the only one with Ross Barkley, Bryan Oviedo and Tom Cleverley putting in great shifts and the midfield pair of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy shutting down Stoke City.

Bet the Potters are regretting that tweet now?

"It's been a good week and I'm pleased with the manner in which we got the three 3-0 wins.

"Early on in the season we showed we can score goals against anyone and create really good starts and solid performances at the end of games, but we sometimes threw away leads too cheaply.

"What pleases me as a manager is the players always look to take responsibility and learn. We showed a different, mature side of our play in the last three matches - we were able to manage the games, defend well when we had to and in the second half today we had four clear-cut opportunities that, if you want to be critical, we should have taken.

"You have to highlight the performance of Stoke's goalkeeper [Jack Butland]. He controlled three or four big moments but, overall, to keep a clean sheet at the Britannia with that scoreline and with the performance we had shows you how far we have come this season and how hungry the group is to finish it really strongly."

The traveling Toffees chanted in unison for the manager to repeat his midweek dance, but the manager responded with -

"I thought about it to be honest, but it would have been difficult to beat the moves we had on the pitch today.

"I thought Cleverley, Barkley and Lukaku had the best moves of the game and I'm going to keep my big moves for a better occasion."