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Everton vs West Ham United: Roberto Martinez Pre-Match Quotes

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"If you can find a run of results from now until the end of the season, then anything is possible." Says the gaffer

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez sat down with the assembled media on Thursday morning at Finch Farm to help them preview West Ham United's trip to Goodison Park with his signature positive outlook discussing what the rest of the season could hold for his side, his opponents and opposing manager and also to give some vital team news.

Roberto was asked what he and his side are targeting for the rest of the season - to which he said:

"In the Premier League, the margins are so small, but also the mentality to win games has changed for a lot of sides. It has made it so open.

"If you can find a run of results from now until the end of the season, then anything is possible.

"We feel strong, with the options that we have got and the players who are in good moments of form."

The Blues go into a period of three successive home games, something that would be relished in past seasons but this campaign the home form has not been good enough, whereas away Martinez's team have been one of the best in the league.

The Toffees manager is hoping to improve results on their own patch starting with the next three games:

"it's a period we have been looking forward to.

"We want to make Goodison a comfortable place [for us] and please our fans.

"We want to show we can win games at home consistently, bringing the good form we have produced away from home in front of our supporters.

"You don't get a better challenge than doing that against teams like West Ham, Chelsea and Arsenal. It is a really exciting period - and one where we need to be really strong.

"Clearly we haven't had enough wins at home." He continued.

"Some of the football has been very good, but we have also been a little bit naive at times and left ourselves exposed. Sometimes we have been unfortunate, and sometimes we have had decisions that have cost us.

"I think it's time to make sure Goodison becomes a really tough place for any opposition team to come to.

"The margins are very small and I think we are getting very close to bringing that consistency we have away from home to Goodison. That is the challenge we are looking to embrace."

Focusing on Saturday's opponents, the Spaniard was very complimentary towards the visitors and their manager as they look to enhance their fourth place pursuit.

"It has been remarkable, the way West Ham have been playing," said Roberto.

"This team creates opportunities and shares goals. They play with intensity and defend as a group, and have a very well-balanced side.

"They have had very significant away results against the top teams.

"And they are one point from fourth place and Champions League football with 10 games to go. I think that speaks for itself.

"Slaven Bilic has done a remarkable job. He is close to the British game, with good experience as a player."

In terms of team news for tomorrow's clash the boss was very forthcoming:

"John Stones has played the most minutes he has had in a season. He is now refreshed and is ready to help the team."

"Leighton [Baines] has a little problem from the ankle injury he had. We need to make sure we solve that. He'll see a specialist."

"There is a question mark over Bryan [Oviedo] after he picked up a knock. Tom Cleverley has a chest infection but Mo Besic and Darron Gibson should be available."