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Roberto Martinez pleased with individuals despite defeat

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Everton crashed out of the Capital One Cup last night after a 3-0 defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The victory was secured for Swansea by goals from Nathan Dyer, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Marvin Emnes as Gary Monk’s side continue their impressive start to the season.

By contrast, Everton have now suffered their third defeat in the current campaign, keeping just one clean sheet in the process.

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Under pressure 

Manager Roberto Martinez is now reportedly under pressure, and speaking after the game on Everton's official website the Spaniard insisted on taking the positives from the game.

"It was a game that came down to whoever could take their chances,” he said.

"I thought we started really well and stopped Swansea from enjoying that normal, controlling football that they have.

"We had two very good opportunities to score the first goal and it could have been really different. Once you concede, you don't want to lose the game by small margins.

Martinez then went on to highlight the fact that his side failed to take their chances.

"We got back into the game, created a couple of chances but the scoreline reflects that Swansea were very clinical and we were not,” said the Spaniard.

Indeed, the Toffees did record a greater number of shots than Swansea, but only managed to get two out of 11 on target.

It was a game characterised by poor performances from the likes of Tony Hibbert –appearing in his 15th season for the Blues – and Sylvain Distin who was responsible for Sigurdsson’s goal after inadvertently heading the ball off the crossbar into the player’s path.

New XI 

After fielding an almost entirely different side to the one that lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace at the weekend, Martinez said that he was happy with the performances of players such as Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson, who were both returning from injury.

"Some individuals performed in a fantastic manner and I know that they will help the team going forward,” he said.

"To see players like Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson coming back after eight and 11 months out with injury was very pleasing.

“Then you had Tony Hibbert coming in and playing 90 minutes, the same with Antolin Alcaraz, Luke Garbutt making his first start for the senior side, which is a real example of trying to bring through young players.

"So the night was very positive in terms of certain aspects. The only disappointment was the score-line at the end."

Priorities 

Whilst the Capital One Cup is not a priority for Everton, it is concerning that the Blues conceded yet another three goals, bringing the total to 17 in seven matches so far this season.

Players and fans alike will be hoping that the Toffees can reverse their early poor form and make in-roads back to the impressive fifth place Premier League finish of last season.

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