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Martinez acknowledges fans' frustration at Everton

Manager's comments after the 1-1 draw between Everton and Southampton

The pitch invader remonstrating with Leon Osman
The pitch invader remonstrating with Leon Osman
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Everton took an unlikely lead in the second half of the game against Southampton, but once again their defensive frailties at Goodison Park rose to the fore and they conceded the equalizer soon afterwards.

A pitch invader who ran towards Leon Osman but was prevented from getting to Roberto Martinez by stewards clearly showed the fans frustration immediately after the tying goal. This is what Martinez had to say about it -

"We all understand that the results at home have not been anywhere near what we expect.

"We have been talking a lot about the contrasting seasons we are having away from home and at home and it is understandable you get that frustration.

"But we have a really good opportunity to take advantage of where we are. We are competing in the [FA Cup] semifinal and we have games where we want to make fans proud.

"That is what we are going to do from now until the end of the season, make sure they are proud of our performances and results."

The injury bug has come in to roost at Goodison Park, with yet another starter Seamus Coleman limping off after feeling his hamstring tighten.

"He felt his hamstring and we will assess him in the morning but it will be hard to see him being involved this week as that sort of injury takes longer than a week."

Local born youngsters Callum Connolly and Tom Davies both looked very comfortable in their cameo performances in an encouraging sign for Toffees.

"We were forced to make six changes as it was a very peculiar week to lose so many players after the Watford and Palace games. The suspension to James McCarthy stretched us to the maximum.

"We weren't anywhere near our technical best in our performance. We looked disjointed and rusty, but we found other ways to be competitive. We had a real good focus and a competitive nature about ourselves, and we ended up needing two young players to make their debuts - and they did that in an impressive manner.

"Today's point should be remembered for them. They coped with the opportunity and environment really well and it was a tough game for us in that respect.

"We were facing a side with continuity and we knew we were going to find it difficult with players dropping out of the squad. It's a point we had to fight a lot to get, but the two debutants were so impressive and a sign of all the good work being done at Finch Farm and the people representing the Academy."