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Everton 3-0 Newcastle- Match Report

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Everton brush aside hapless Newcastle for first home league win since NovemberEverton's first home league win since November eased some of the scrutiny on manager Roberto Martinez in his 100th Premier League game in charge but only increased the pressure on Newcastle counterpart Steve McClaren.A first-half goal from Aaron Lennon, the first time since August 2009 he has scored in back-to-back games, and two late Ross Barkley penalties secured a 3-0 victory against a disparate visiting side who lacked cohesion or any semblance of a game plan and who defended haphazardly at best.Martinez has now won 40 times and drawn 31 in his opening century of games at Everton but after a Capital One Cup semi-final exit last week some fans were calling for his head.A victory and a much-needed home clean sheet, only the second of the season, will have eased that clamour.McClaren's record is even worse, having taken just five points from eight matches since their last victory on the road at Tottenham in mid-December, and after spending B#24million on Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in the January window he needs to see a return on his investment pretty quickly with his side two points from safety.The match followed a familiar pattern for Everton – who were without the injured defender John Stones – at Goodison Park this season with the scoreline not really reflecting their domination of possession.Lennon took his goal well but could easily have had another two either side of the break.Tom Cleverley forced Rob Elliot into one early low save, Romelu Lukaku flicked a free-kick just past the post and Barkley, on his 100th Premier League appearance, lobbed wide of an open goal after Elliot had rushed out to head clear under pressure from Lukaku.The breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Lennon was picked out by Cleverley and the winger's shot on the turn beat Elliot.It looked like being the only thing which would do so all night as the Magpies goalkeeper produced a string of saves in the second half, which Everton played without leading goalscorer Lukaku who he was replaced by Arouna Kone after struggling with a back injury sustained in a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini.Barkley had two shots, one a free-kick deflected by Shelvey, tipped onto the crossbar by Elliot, who also saved from Lennon from which Kone fired the rebound wide.The post denied Cleverley from a set-piece as Everton continued to create but not take chances.It is one of the reasons Everton made a deadline-day move for Oumar Niasse, restricted to a watching brief in the stand still wearing the club shirt in which he was presented to the crowd in pre-match, who scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for Lokomotiv Moscow.Unfortunately for Newcastle Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, who received his visa earlier in the day after his loan move from Roma, was forced to do the same from the bench as bad luck with injuries saw the visitors make all three substitutions with just 55 minutes gone.Newcastle did give a debut to Townsend, named in the starting line-up, but after so long in the wilderness at Tottenham he was an anonymous figure.Moussa Sissoko finally forced Joel Robles, making his first league start for a year after injury to Tim Howard, into a save in the last 15 minutes but just seven goals in their last 18 league matches away from provides some explanation why they remain rooted in the bottom three.Barkley made the result safe with an 88th-minute penalty after substitute Rolando Aarons brought down Lennon, before a cheeky chip from the spot capped an impressive performance after Newcastle substitute Jamaal Lascelles was sent off for bringing him down

Source : PA

Roberto Martinez backs John Stones to bounce back from slump

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has backed John Stones to bounce back quickly from his first real shaky spell at the club.

The England centre-back has endured a tough January by his usually high standards with a number of noticeable errors and lapses.

He was withdrawn after 77 minutes of their Capital One Cup semi-final exit to Manchester City after a lapse of concentration allowed Sergio Aguero to score what turned out to be the winner, having contributed to Swansea's opener the Sunday before with a poorly-judged backpass.

Stones' miscalculations have directly led to eight goals for the season, with seven of those in the last three months, and he was left on the bench for the FA Cup fourth round win at Carlisle.

But Martinez has no doubts about recalling the 21-year-old, who was the subject of a failed £38million bid by Chelsea last summer, to the centre of defence for Wednesday's visit of Newcastle as he is no longer required to cover for Seamus Coleman at right-back.

"You are talking about a player of 21 who has played over 92 percent of the minutes in the league, which is a phenomenal return." he said

"When you reach the level of John Stones you are going to get that scrutiny and John is strong enough mentally to understand that is going to be his role in professional football and representing England for the next 15-20 years.

"John is such a strong-minded boy and has been through a lot over the last eight months but has done it professionally
In those moments you need to know who you can trust and you need fair criticism and fair evaluation of your performances

"It is not an issue."

While Stones has struggled in recent weeks his England team-mate Ross Barkley has flourished

The 22-year-old had his own issues with form last season but has come back stronger this campaign with a series of impressive performances.

He is set for his 100th Premier League start against the Magpies and Martinez expects the midfielder to play a pivotal part in the remainder of the campaign.

"Ross has been now filling an important role in the team for a long time but this season he has taken his performances to a different level," added the Toffees boss.

"He is someone who can understand different roles on the pitch and his technical ability and physical strength is there to be seen but I think this campaign we have seen a very composed Ross Barkley, someone with incredible decision-making and maturity.

"To reach that milestone at 22 is an incredible return and is something which will be difficult to be matched."

Deadline-day signing Oumar Niasse, a £13.5million signing from Lokomotiv Moscow, will not be eligible until Saturday's trip to Stoke but Martinez expects the Senegal international to adapt quickly

"He is a player we have been tracking for a long time, the first time we saw him was in the first week of September and since then we have been very close trying to find out about his character," he added.

"He has a very specific family situation as his wife is English and from the north west and he has been following our team and the way we play and it was a real conscious desire to join us and that has been important.

"We didn't think he would become available but when we saw he was we moved very quickly.

"It was a sign of being precise in what we wanted; we moved two players from the first-team squad (Steven Naismith was sold to Norwich and Aiden McGeady loaned to Sheffield Wednesday) and we brought in a 25-year-old who has been successful in two European leagues.

"He is not back-up for anyone, he has his own ability and is someone who can stretch defenders and can cope with the physicality of the Premier League."

Source : PA

Roberto Martinez- Peps arrival will inspire coaches

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the Premier League will inspire coaches up and down the country

The Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss will take over from Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini this summer and his fellow Catalan believes it will only produce positive results.

"Pep Guardiola is one the best managers in world football – the record is there to back that up – but I don't think we are discovering anything by saying that," he said.

"Obviously he's Catalan and I should know that very well – I know exactly what he is as a person, as a winner.

"He's going to bring a very successful football philosophy and without a doubt he'll affect a lot of young coaches and managers in the country.

"He'll bring a completely different tactical approach in the British game.

"He's got an attention to detail that's very different to find in any other manager.

"It's going to be fantastic for the league, the Premier League will be a better league with Pep Guardiola in it."

Source : PA

Everton v Newcastle United – complete head-to-head statistics

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Everton v Newcastle United head-to-head record

A complete record of competitive matches played between the two teams.

At Everton (82) At Newcastle Utd. (83)
Results Total % Results Total %
Everton 45 54.88 Newcastle Utd. 44 53.01
Newcastle Utd. 21 25.61 Everton 20 24.10
Draws 16 19.51 Draws 19 22.89
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Everton 157 1.91 Newcastle Utd. 151 1.82
Newcastle Utd. 96 1.17 Everton 89 1.07
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (165 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Everton 0 0.00 Everton 65 39.39
Newcastle Utd. 0 0.00 Newcastle Utd. 65 39.39
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 35 21.21
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Everton 0 0.00 Everton 246 1.49
Newcastle Utd. 0 0.00 Newcastle Utd. 247 1.50
Records
Highest Aggregate 10 Everton 3 – 7 Newcastle Utd. 1933/1934
Highest Everton score: 8 Everton 8 – 1 Newcastle Utd. 1931/1932
Highest Newcastle Utd. score: 8 Newcastle Utd. 8 – 2 Everton 1959/1960
Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2015/2016 Sat 26 Dec Newcastle Utd. 0 – 1 Everton Premier League
1933/1934 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 7 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1932/1933 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1931/1932 Sat 01 Aug Everton 8 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 0 – 0 Everton First Division
1929/1930 Sat 01 Aug Everton 5 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1928/1929 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 5 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1927/1928 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1926/1927 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 7 – 3 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 3 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1925/1926 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 – 3 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1924/1925 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1923/1924 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1922/1923 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1921/1922 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 3 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1920/1921 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1919/1920 Sat 01 Aug Everton 4 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 – 0 Everton First Division
1914/1915 Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 0 – 1 Everton First Division
1913/1914 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 0 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1912/1913 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 6 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1911/1912 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1910/1911 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 5 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1909/1910 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 4 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1908/1909 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1907/1908 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1906/1907 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1905/1906 Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 4 – 2 Everton First Division
1904/1905 Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 – 2 Everton First Division
1903/1904 Sat 01 Aug Everton 4 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1902/1903 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1901/1902 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1900/1901 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1899/1900 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1898/1899 Sat 01 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
2014/2015 Sun 15 Mar Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
Sun 28 Dec Newcastle Utd. 3 – 2 Everton Premier League
2013/2014 Tue 25 Mar Newcastle Utd. 0 – 3 Everton Premier League
Mon 30 Sep Everton 3 – 2 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
2012/2013 Wed 02 Jan Newcastle Utd. 1 – 2 Everton Premier League
Mon 17 Sep Everton 2 – 2 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
2011/2012 Sun 13 May Everton 3 – 1 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
Sat 05 Nov Newcastle Utd. 2 – 1 Everton Premier League
2010/2011 Sat 05 Mar Newcastle Utd. 1 – 2 Everton Premier League
Sat 18 Sep Everton 0 – 1 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
2008/2009 Sun 22 Feb Newcastle Utd. 0 – 0 Everton Premier League
Sun 05 Oct Everton 2 – 2 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
2007/2008 Sun 11 May Everton 3 – 1 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
Sun 07 Oct Newcastle Utd. 3 – 2 Everton Premier League
2006/2007 Sat 30 Dec Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 24 Sep Newcastle Utd. 1 – 1 Everton Premiership
2005/2006 Sat 25 Feb Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton Premiership
Sun 27 Nov Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
2004/2005 Sat 07 May Everton 2 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 28 Nov Newcastle Utd. 1 – 1 Everton Premiership
2003/2004 Sat 03 Apr Newcastle Utd. 4 – 2 Everton Premiership
Sat 13 Sep Everton 2 – 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
2002/2003 Sun 06 Apr Everton 2 – 1 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 01 Dec Newcastle Utd. 2 – 1 Everton Premiership
Wed 06 Nov Newcastle Utd. 3 – 3 Everton League Cup
after extra time, 90 minutes 2-2, Everton won 3-2 on penalties
2001/2002 Fri 29 Mar Newcastle Utd. 6 – 2 Everton Premiership
Sat 27 Oct Everton 1 – 3 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
2000/2001 Sat 03 Mar Everton 1 – 1 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sat 21 Oct Newcastle Utd. 0 – 1 Everton Premiership
1999/2000 Sun 19 Mar Everton 0 – 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Mon 08 Nov Newcastle Utd. 1 – 1 Everton Premiership
1998/1999 Sat 17 Apr Newcastle Utd. 1 – 3 Everton Premiership
Sun 07 Mar Newcastle Utd. 4 – 1 Everton F.A. Cup
Mon 23 Nov Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1997/1998 Sat 28 Feb Everton 0 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 04 Jan Everton 0 – 1 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup
Wed 24 Sep Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton Premiership
1996/1997 Wed 29 Jan Newcastle Utd. 4 – 1 Everton Premiership
Sat 17 Aug Everton 2 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1995/1996 Sat 16 Dec Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton Premiership
Sun 01 Oct Everton 1 – 3 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1994/1995 Fri 14 Apr Everton 2 – 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 12 Mar Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup
Wed 01 Feb Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton Premiership
1993/1994 Sat 18 Dec Everton 0 – 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Wed 25 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton Premiership
1988/1989 Wed 22 Mar Newcastle Utd. 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 27 Aug Everton 4 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1987/1988 Sat 05 Mar Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 17 Oct Newcastle Utd. 1 – 1 Everton First Division
1986/1987 Mon 20 Apr Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Fri 26 Dec Newcastle Utd. 0 – 4 Everton First Division
1985/1986 Sat 29 Mar Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Wed 01 Jan Newcastle Utd. 2 – 2 Everton First Division
1984/1985 Sat 12 Jan Everton 4 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 15 Sep Newcastle Utd. 2 – 3 Everton First Division
1977/1978 Fri 24 Mar Newcastle Utd. 0 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 29 Oct Everton 4 – 4 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1976/1977 Tue 24 May Everton 2 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Wed 24 Nov Newcastle Utd. 4 – 1 Everton First Division
1975/1976 Sat 10 Jan Newcastle Utd. 5 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 13 Sep Everton 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1974/1975 Sat 12 Apr Newcastle Utd. 0 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 05 Oct Everton 1 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1973/1974 Sat 06 Apr Newcastle Utd. 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 24 Nov Everton 1 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1972/1973 Wed 25 Apr Newcastle Utd. 0 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 30 Sep Everton 3 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1971/1972 Sat 19 Feb Newcastle Utd. 0 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 30 Oct Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1970/1971 Thu 18 Mar Newcastle Utd. 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 24 Oct Everton 3 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1969/1970 Sat 24 Jan Everton 0 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Wed 17 Sep Newcastle Utd. 1 – 2 Everton First Division
1968/1969 Mon 14 Apr Everton 1 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 24 Aug Newcastle Utd. 0 – 0 Everton First Division
1967/1968 Sat 23 Mar Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 28 Oct Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1966/1967 Sat 11 Feb Newcastle Utd. 0 – 3 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Oct Everton 1 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1965/1966 Mon 11 Apr Everton 1 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Fri 08 Apr Newcastle Utd. 0 – 0 Everton First Division
1960/1961 Sat 08 Apr Newcastle Utd. 0 – 4 Everton First Division
Sat 19 Nov Everton 5 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1959/1960 Fri 25 Mar Everton 1 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 07 Nov Newcastle Utd. 8 – 2 Everton First Division
1958/1959 Sat 03 Jan Newcastle Utd. 4 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 30 Aug Everton 0 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1957/1958 Sat 22 Feb Everton 1 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 12 Oct Newcastle Utd. 2 – 3 Everton First Division
1956/1957 Sat 30 Mar Everton 2 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 17 Nov Newcastle Utd. 0 – 0 Everton First Division
1955/1956 Sat 11 Feb Everton 0 – 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 01 Oct Newcastle Utd. 1 – 2 Everton First Division
1954/1955 Mon 11 Apr Newcastle Utd. 4 – 0 Everton First Division
Fri 08 Apr Everton 1 – 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1950/1951 Sat 23 Dec Everton 3 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
Sat 26 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 – 1 Everton First Division
1949/1950 Wed 31 Aug Newcastle Utd. 4 – 0 Everton First Division
Wed 24 Aug Everton 2 – 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1948/1949 Sat 18 Dec Newcastle Utd. 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 21 Aug Everton 3 – 3 Newcastle Utd. First Division

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Oumar Niasse seals 135m Everton switch from Lokomotiv Moscow

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Everton have completed the £13.5million signing of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse.

The 25-year-old Senegal international has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms, having arrived at the club's Finch Farm training ground earlier in the day.

"It's a great day for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League and a big dream to play for Everton," he told evertontv.

"Everton is one of the best teams in the Premier League and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world.

"I know Everton is one of the big clubs here in England with history, the fans and the great players, so I'm very excited and happy to be here.

"I started to watch Everton more since the beginning of October because I had heard about their interest.

"I was interested to see how they play and how they have good young players
If you see players who are aged 20 or 21 and see them perform like that, you know you have a good coach.

"The manager has said exactly what he wants
He believes I can be a player who can add something to the team."

Niasse, the Russian Premier League's player of the year in 2015, has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances this season and, as he can play across the front three, he comes in as a replacement for Steven Naismith, who was sold to Norwich for £8.5million earlier in the window.

He becomes the club's third most expensive signing after Romelu Lukaku (£28million) and Marouane Fellaini (£15million) and is expected to have the necessary visa clearance in order to be eligible for this weekend's Barclays Premier League match at Stoke.

Niasse will be presented to fans at the Toffees' home game against Newcastle on Wednesday.

"We're delighted because Oumar is a player we have been following for a long time," said manager Roberto Martinez.

"He is the right personality and someone who is in a very good moment of his career
He has had a lot of success in Russia and he brings a different quality to what we already have in our squad.

"I'm really pleased to be able to bring in Oumar in this window and we know he's going to have a massive impact going forward.

"He brings a real hunger and desire to be successful into what is already a strong squad."

Earlier in the day Everton loaned winger Aiden McGeady to Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday but fellow Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson opted to stay at Goodison Park despite Martinez previously suggesting the player would benefit from a loan to get some much-needed pitch time ahead of this summer's Euro 2016.

Source : PA

Authorities investigate allegations of racist abuse

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The Football Association and Cumbria Police are investigating following the alleged racist abuse of Everton players in Sunday's 3-0 FA Cup fourth round victory against Carlisle at Brunton Park.

Soon after Arouna Kone's second minute opener for the visitors, referee Lee Mason was seen consulting with managers Roberto Martinez and Keith Curle, and a message then came over the public address system announcing that any racist abuse would not be tolerated.

Toffees boss Martinez later said it was his understanding some "racial remarks" had come from the Warwick Road End stand as Kone and Steven Pienaar celebrated the goal.

Opposite number Curle said: "It is not what we want inside Brunton Park, inside football, or inside society. It is not accepted."

A statement from Cumbria Police issued after the game said: "Cumbria Constabulary are investigating allegations of racist behaviour?directed towards Everton players following the first goal.

"Hate crime will not be tolerated in this county and any allegation will be fully investigated.

"Officers are making enquiries and the force is asking for those with information to get in touch."

An FA statement on Sunday evening said: "We have received the referee's report regarding the alleged incident during today's game between Carlisle United and Everton.

"We have contacted both clubs this evening and will be conducting an immediate and thorough investigation.

"The FA strongly condemns any discriminatory behaviour and will continue to work with partners across the game to combat it whenever it arises."

Both clubs have pledged to work closely with the authorities in their investigations, with Curle saying: "To any supporters who were next to people and heard people – please step forward and identify them."

Martinez praised Mason for his handling of the matter, and added: "They (Kone and Pienaar) are okay.

"I think they were sensitive and hurt at that moment – probably they were fearful about the game developing into a difficult afternoon.

"But it was a one-off incident.

"There is no room for that sort of behaviour, but I must stress it was a very small minority and I want to believe that it was just an emotional reaction to the disappointment of conceding a goal.''

Everton went 2-0 up in the 14th minute through Aaron Lennon, and Ross Barkley's deflected strike in the 65th subsequently sealed the victory that has set up a fifth round trip to Barclays Premier League rivals Bournemouth.

A bumper crowd turned out for what was only Carlisle's second game back at their own stadium since it was caught up in devastating floods.

And Curle, whose Sky Bet League Two side were the lowest-ranked outfit left in the cup, said: "A lot of credit has to go to a lot of people who worked to get this fixture on.

"And to have 17,000 people here was phenomenal.

"I think it was only 57 or 58 days ago that the place was decimated because of the disaster of the flood, so to be hosting football – and hosting Everton – here was excellent.'

Roberto Martinez- Everton pair were hurt by alleged racist abuse

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Rival managers Roberto Martinez and Keith Curle united to condemn the alleged racist abuse of Everton players during the FA Cup fourth-round win at Carlisle

The clubs pledged to work closely with police investigating the incident which came after Arouna Kone struck in the second minute to put the Toffees ahead at Brunton Park

The goal set Everton on the way to a 3-0 victory in which Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley also scored

A public address system message soon after Kone's goal announced any racist abuse would not be tolerated.

Martinez said it was his understanding some "racial remarks" had come from the Warwick Road End stand as Kone and Steven Pienaar celebrated the opening goal, and that both were "hurt" by what they heard.

A statement from Cumbria Police issued after the game said: "Cumbria Constabulary are investigating allegations of racist behaviour…directed towards Everton players following the first goal.

"Officers are making enquiries and the force is asking for those with information to get in touch."

Carlisle boss Curle said in his post-match press conference: "It is not what we want inside Brunton Park, inside football, or inside society.

"The club will make all efforts
I know there was a steward in the terraces and CCTV as well
We will do everything we can to identify who it was and make sure the relevant penalties and punishments will be adhered to

"I didn't hear it myself, but what I would say to any supporters who were next to people and heard people – please step forward and identify them, because it is not accepted."

Everton manager Martinez said: "We will help the police, Carlisle and everyone to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

Asked how Kone and Pienaar were feeling, he said: "They are okay

"I think they were sensitive and hurt at that moment – probably they were fearful about the game developing into a difficult afternoon.

"But it was a one-off incident.

"As you know, there is no room for that sort of behaviour
But I must stress it was a very small minority and I want to believe that it was just an emotional reaction to the disappointment of conceding a goal."

Martinez said the incident was well handled by referee Lee Mason, who had been approached by one of the players and then relayed that to the managers, leading to the announcement being made.

Martinez was also keen to praise his team as Everton bounced back from the disappointment of their midweek Capital One Cup semi-final exit at Manchester City.

A Toffees side showing six changes from that game were 2-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes here through Kone and Lennon's close-range efforts, and sealed the victory in the 65th through Barkley's deflected strike from outside the box.

Martinez said: "I thought we started with a very professional approach and a really strong focus.

"Scoring the two goals early allowed us to manage the game well, and we did that with an incredible maturity which is always pleasing."

Curle, whose Sky Bet League Two side were the lowest-ranked outfit left in the competition, said: "Giving a Premier League side a two-goal start was not the ideal scenario, but credit to the players – they didn't melt or fold.

"And you have to say, Everton were fantastic."

A bumper crowd turned out for what was only Carlisle's second game back at their own stadium since last month's devastating floods, which had left the pitch at that time completely under water.

And Curle added: "A lot of credit has to go to a lot of people behind the scenes who worked to get this fixture on.

"To have 17,000 people inside Brunton Park was phenomenal.

"I think it was only 57 or 58 days ago that the place was decimated because of the disaster of the flood, so to be hosting football – and hosting Everton – here was excellent."

The Football Association on Sunday evening confirmed it was investigating the alleged racist abuse of Everton players.

A statement read: "We have received the referee's report regarding the alleged incident during today's game between Carlisle United and Everton
We have contacted both clubs this evening and will be conducting an immediate and thorough investigation.

"The FA strongly condemns any discriminatory behaviour and will continue to work with partners across the game to combat it whenever it arises."

Source : PA

Everton coast into FA Cup fifth round with routine win at Carlisle

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Everton eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup as early goals from Arouna Kone and Aaron Lennon and a deflected Ross Barkley strike steered them to a comfortable 3-0 win at Sky Bet League Two Carlisle

Kone opened the scoring by tapping in with only around 90 seconds of the tie gone before Lennon doubled the Toffees' advantage in the 14th minute.

Carlisle – back playing at their Brunton Park home for only the second time since last month's devastating floods – had threatened in between via a Derek Asamoah shot and did their best to cause their Barclays Premier League visitors problems thereafter.

But the contest was effectively settled in the 65th minute when Barkley sent a shot in off Mark Ellis from the edge of the box.

The win provided a timely boost for Everton and their manager Roberto Martinez, four days on from their Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City.

Martinez, whose side are 12th in the Premier League and have won only once in 10 top-flight games, has faced considerable criticism of late, with the Merseyside outfit being accused of underachieving.

But at least Everton still have a viable-looking route to success still open to them this season after this routine victory – with a side showing six changes – against the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.

For Carlisle, no matter what happened on the pitch, this was always going to be a special occasion.

Only a few weeks earlier, their stadium's playing surface had been completely submerged amid severe flooding in the area caused by Storm Desmond.

A tremendous sense of community spirit followed, with players and staff from the club helping stricken townspeople, and the team were able to play 'home' games at Preston, Blackburn and Blackpool while a major repair effort went on at the ground.

With a new pitch laid, Keith Curle's men then played their first match on it on January 23, drawing 1-1 with York in the league.

And just over a week later, Carlisle being able to host Sunday's glamour tie felt like a fitting testament to the hard work that had been done.

A bumper crowd of around 17,000 duly greeted kick-off with a wall of noise – but the home fans were soon silenced as Lennon broke free on the right and his low delivery was touched in by Kone.

Asamoah looked to make a quick response and, with the Everton defence guilty of sloppy play, the veteran striker sent one shot wide before bringing a save out of Joel Robles with a more venomous effort.

But Everton were swiftly back on the front foot, and just before the quarter-hour mark Lennon collected a Bryan Oviedo cross, nipped around Michael Raynes and slotted in off goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.

After coming through a few more scares without falling further behind, Carlisle began to exert some pressure again.

Ellis headed a corner wide at the far post, and just after the break, Asamoah made a positive burst and saw his shot deflect into the stand.

But the hosts found it hard to carve out much more than that, and midway through the second half they conceded again when Everton substitute Leon Osman – once on loan at Carlisle – gave the ball to Barkley, who took a touch or two before unleashing a shot that flew in via Ellis' head.

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Carlisle V Everton at Brunton Park – LIVE

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Carlisle V Everton – view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.Carlisle looking for another miracle as Everton visit Brunton ParkSeventeen years after striking the famous stoppage-time goal that kept Carlisle in the Football League, Jimmy Glass is still revered in Cumbria as living proof that football miracles are possible.There will be another miracle of sorts on Sunday when, less than four weeks after experiencing floods which lapped at the top of its crossbars, Brunton Park plays host to Premier League Everton in the FA Cup fourth round.As always Glass, now 42, will be an interested observer, the unique bond between the on-loan goalkeeper and the club whose status he saved still firmly established despite the passage of time and personnel.For Glass, the tremendous community spirit which followed the floods, with players and staff heading out to help stricken residents and the townspeople reciprocating to help ensure days like this could happen at home, comes as no surprise.Glass told Press Association Sport: "I only played three matches for Carlisle, but my name is always going to be linked with the club and it has always been such a warm and welcoming city to me."The club is still very close to my heart
It has a very social and spirited community around it and it was natural the players would put on their wellies and get out for help
It is important to keep that relationship between town and club going."Carlisle skipper Danny Grainger will miss the clash due to an ankle injury.Defender Grainger sustained the problem in Carlisle's replay at Yeovil in the previous round and sat out last week's draw against York, so Macaulay Gillesphey, on loan from Newcastle, is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up.Midfielder Luke Joyce also misses out as he completes a two-match ban following his dismissal for the second time this season during extra-time at Huish Park for two yellow-card offences.Bastien Hery is hoping to resume in midfield after starting in the last two games, but Antony Sweeney is pushing for a recall.Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rejected accusations his team is underachieving and will not be distracted by growing criticism of his reign.Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final exit to Manchester City was a turning point for many fans, with many expressing their lack of confidence in the Spaniard.Despite having arguably one of the best squads of the last 20 years, Everton are 12th in the Premier League having won just six matches all season and only one of their last 10.Martinez has won just 30 of his last 81 matches in charge since the start of the 2014-15 season, keeping only 21 clean sheets, and the FA Cup – which Martinez famously won with Wigan in 2013 – now represents their only realistic chance of success this season.Fans argue a team which boasts striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 19 goals already this season, former Barcelona prodigy Gerard Deulofeu, and England internationals Ross Barkley and John Stones should be doing much better
However Martinez disagrees."You cannot be underachieving when this team is new; this team has been formed over the last two-and-a-half years and we are developing something that is going to be very powerful for the future," he said."That process is not going to be overnight or straightforward
You need to go through painful experiences to develop the know-how of a winning team."In my eyes we have one of the most competitive squads in the league with four or five players with the best potential in Europe and that has been down to a clear strategy."We have achieved this squad not having the blank cheque of B#500million, which other clubs have had to become a competitive team overnight."It would be very easy for us to say we can't really compete against the top four and accept where we are and fight every short-term target but we have an overall approach of wanting to get into the top four and we are showing signs we are starting to do that."Are we going to do that overnight? One hundred per cent no
You have to learn as a team how you can compete in those matches and we are right in the middle of that process."I understand expectations and the history and heritage at Everton and I think we are getting very close to getting back to the glory years that we had but it is not going to be easy or pain-free."

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Roberto Martinez targets FA Cup remedy for League Cup heartache

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has urged his players to create some memories to look back on with another cup run

Having lost the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Manchester City in midweek the FA Cup is their only realistic chance of success this season as poor league form has left them 12th and an almost insurmountable 13 points adrift of the top four.

Sunday's trip to League Two Carlisle is potentially tricky and while it may be stretching it to suggest progress to the fifth round would save their season it is a game they have to win to lift the mood around Goodison Park.

"As a player you don't look back and try to get memories from halfway through the season," said Martinez, whose side have won just six times in the league this season.

"It is what you achieve and what you build in a career.

"We have shown fantastic signs and great performances but it is something we need to improve as we are not winning every weekend and that is what we want.

"Our young players are developing in a fast rate, they are taking responsibility and developing into top players and in the team in general we have good options and we need to become better.

"What is important in the stats is how close we have been to those results being very different.

"Looking into the stats there have been only two defeats away from home all season and we are getting close to being very consistent.

"Many of the draws have been close to victories
We need to make sure we use all the pain we had on Wednesday to become as good as we can be for the rest of the season.

"I am convinced we will get the rewards if we apply ourselves in those small margins."

Martinez will not take too many risks with his starting line-up at Carlisle but after a busy January he may have to give some players a well-earned rest.

"There will be no changes for the sake of it," he said.

"Certain players have been picking up knocks and niggles in recent weeks so we have to use our players well but it is a vitally-important game for us on Sunday.

"James McCarthy had a good reaction after playing 35 minutes (against City, only his second appearance since November) and Steven Pienaar will be fully recovered (having been an unused substitute at the Etihad).

"Seamus Coleman has had two introductions into match fitness but Kevin Mirallas will have a late fitness test.

"(Goalkeeper) Joel Robles will play
He has been playing in cups and that has always been the plan."

It appears unlikely Martinez will be adding to his squad before the end of Monday's transfer deadline in an attempt to drag them out of a current malaise which has seen them win just once in the last 10 league matches.

But midfielders Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady could both leave on loan after hardly featuring this season.

"It is impossible for me to tell (about signings)," said the Toffees boss.

"The window is open until Monday 11pm and we will keep our options open.

"We all know we have to use the window in our favour but it is not a period we need to find solutions.

"The squad is large and talented enough to find solutions internally."

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Martinez comes out fighting

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has rejected accusations his team is underachieving.

Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final exit to Man City was a turning point for many fans, with many expressing their lack of confidence in the Spaniard.

Despite having arguably one of the best squad of the last 20 years, Everton are 12th in the Premier League having won just six matches all season with just one in the last 10.

Martinez has won just 30 of his last 81 matches in charge since the start of the 2014-15 season, keeping only 21 clean sheets, and the FA Cup – which Martinez famously won with Wigan in 2013 – now represents their only realistic chance of success this season.

Fans argue a team which boasts striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 19 goals already this season, former Barcelona prodigy Gerard Deulofeu, and England internationals Ross Barkley and John Stones should be doing much better.

However Martinez, who faces a tricky trip to League Two's Carlisle in the FA Cup on Sunday, disagrees.

"You cannot be underachieving when this team is new; this team has been formed over the last two and a half years and we are developing something that is going to be very powerful for the future," he said.

"That process is not going to be overnight or straightforward. You need to go through painful experiences to develop the know-how of a winning team.

"In my eyes we have one of the most competitive squads in the league with four or five players with the best potential in Europe and that has been down to a clear strategy.

"We have achieved this squad not having the blank cheque of£500million, which other clubs have had to become a competitive team overnight.

"It would be very easy for us to say we can't really compete against the top four and accept where we are and fight every short-term target but we have an overall approach of wanting to get into the top four and we are showing signs we are starting to do that.

"Are we going to do that overnight? One hundred percent no. You have to learn as a team how you can compete in those matches and we are right in the middle of that process.

"I understand expectations and the history and heritage at Everton and I think we are getting very close to getting back to the glory years that we had but it is not going to be easy or pain-free."

Criticism towards Martinez has been growing all season but the midweek defeat to City – they had a 2-0 aggregate lead with 72 minutes remaining in the tie – appeared to be the final straw for plenty of supporters.

He understands why opinions have changed but asked for more patience from fans in order for him to be able to get things right.

The chances of him being sacked are slim, Everton are not a club who dispense with their managers readily, and Martinez will be given time to get things right – even if that will anger supporters.

"That is football. As a manager you need to accept that we need to get wins," he said.

"I will never come out with excuses and try to justify lack of wins.

"I am extremely aware of the potential we have in the club and we should be working under the expectation of winning games and titles.

"I feel we are close to getting what the fans deserved but I'll accept any criticism and I'll be the one fronting that because I share their frustrations at a lack of wins.

"But I am the first one who has a strong belief we will be successful at the end of it."

Roberto Martinez comes out fighting but warns there will be pain before glory

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rejected accusations his team is underachieving and will not be distracted by growing criticism of his reign

Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final exit to Manchester City was a turning point for many fans, with many expressing their lack of confidence in the Spaniard.

Despite having arguably one of the best squad of the last 20 years, Everton are 12th in the Premier League having won just six matches all season with just one in the last 10

Martinez has won just 30 of his last 81 matches in charge since the start of the 2014-15 season, keeping only 21 clean sheets, and the FA Cup – which Martinez famously won with Wigan in 2013 – now represents their only realistic chance of success this season

Fans argue a team which boasts striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 19 goals already this season, former Barcelona prodigy Gerard Deulofeu, and England internationals Ross Barkley and John Stones should be doing much better.

However Martinez, who faces a tricky trip to League Two's Carlisle in the FA Cup on Sunday, disagrees.

"You cannot be underachieving when this team is new; this team has been formed over the last two and a half years and we are developing something that is going to be very powerful for the future," he said.

"That process is not going to be overnight or straightforward
You need to go through painful experiences to develop the know-how of a winning team.

"In my eyes we have one of the most competitive squads in the league with four or five players with the best potential in Europe and that has been down to a clear strategy.

"We have achieved this squad not having the blank cheque of £500million, which other clubs have had to become a competitive team overnight.

"It would be very easy for us to say we can't really compete against the top four and accept where we are and fight every short-term target but we have an overall approach of wanting to get into the top four and we are showing signs we are starting to do that.

"Are we going to do that overnight? One hundred percent no
You have to learn as a team how you can compete in those matches and we are right in the middle of that process.

"I understand expectations and the history and heritage at Everton and I think we are getting very close to getting back to the glory years that we had but it is not going to be easy or pain-free."

Criticism towards Martinez has been growing all season but the midweek defeat to City – they had a 2-0 aggregate lead with 72 minutes remaining in the tie – appeared to be the final straw for plenty of supporters.

He understands why opinions have changed but asked for more patience from fans in order for him to be able to get things right.

The chances of him being sacked are slim, Everton are not a club who dispense with their managers readily, and Martinez will be given time to get things right – even if that will anger supporters.

"That is football
As a manager you need to accept that we need to get wins," he said.

"I will never come out with excuses and try to justify lack of wins.

"I am extremely aware of the potential we have in the club and we should be working under the expectation of winning games and titles.

"I feel we are close to getting what the fans deserved but I'll accept any criticism and I'll be the one fronting that because I share their frustrations at a lack of wins.

"But I am the first one who has a strong belief we will be successful at the end of it."

Source : PA

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