Everton were heavily beaten by Arsenal on Saturday. (©GettyImages)
Everton were heavily beaten by Arsenal on Saturday. (©GettyImages).

Everton must move on from FA Cup defeat - Martinez

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants his team to channel their FA Cup exit 'hurt' into Premier League progress.

Everton were beaten convincingly 4-1 by Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday but boss Martinez hope his side will bounce back in the league.

He told BT Sport: "If you don't get hurt by that you have got nowhere to go really if you don't have those feelings.

"We are fully focused now. We have just got the league - 33 points to play for, which is a phenomenal amount.

"The season now is very much alive for us. As a group now we have got a clear indication of where we need to get."

Everton currently sit seventh in the Premier League with a game in hand over sixth placed Manchester United. The Toffees will try to capitalise on their lack of cup distraction and make a late rally to achieve fourth place and the promise of Champions League football next season.

However, they face stiff competition for the coveted fourth spot, with Manchester United and Spurs also trying an unlikely bid to replace one of the four teams at the top: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Everton are currently 16/1 on betting websites to make the top four this season, while Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are 15/2 and 5/1 respectively.

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