Everton resting on relegation going into international break

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Everton have been left perplexed as they go into the two-week international break with just six points under their belts and resting nervously on top of the relegation region. 

The Merseyside club will be quick to point out their far from straight forward fixtures they've had to wrestle with as they have only been able to pick up a single win in the seven games played. With three losses and an equal amount of draws, Martinez will be wishing to realign his side with success during this break and get back into winning form.

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So far, Everton have only gained a single point at Goodison park in three games played there which will undoubtedly be causing unrest amongst fans. Martinez was reduced to blaming the referee in a frustrating loss against a certainly beatable United side on Sunday. 

Having played three out of the top four sides last season gaining only a point Martinez will be forced to re-energise and kick-start his sides campaign after the internationals. The club mounted an assault on Arsenal's Champions League status at the end of last season coming close to dislodging the London club from the elite competition. 

The slow start may seem particularly uncharacteristic of the club who became very much a thorn in the side of big clubs in previous seasons but have found it difficult to cause major upset among them this time around. 

Martinez though will be quick to point out the mounting list of injuries: Pienaar, Stones, Coleman, McCarthy, Distin, Mirallas and Barkley all sustaining problems that have forced them to be benched.

International break 

The two week break though will be welcomed by the boss as he it will give his squad time to recuperate from injury and regain fitness as he looks to relaunch his sides campaign against Aston Villa on the 18th October at Goodison park.

Throw into the mix the odd europa league game and  the toll on his squad may well provide him with an excuse for his sides poor start. 

Some may go as far to start challenging Martinez's transfer window activity with the only purchase of note being that of Belgian striker Lukaku who has scored only twice so far. 

With many players looking for a return to fitness in time for the next league fixture and with plenty of difficult matches already out of the way, it is vital they start getting points on the board and fast. 


Roberto Martinez
Premier League

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