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Phil Jagielka accuses Martin Atkinson of arrogance over controversial goal

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Phil Jagielka labelled referee Martin Atkinson "a little bit arrogant" in his attitude as the controversy over Everton's Capital One Cup semi-final loss at Manchester City raged on

Everton captain Jagielka was unhappy with the response he got when he asked Atkinson why a critical City goal, after Raheem Sterling ran the ball out of play, was allowed to stand.

Atkinson and his officials missed the ball crossing the byline before Sterling pulled it back for Kevin De Bruyne to put City 2-1 ahead in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

That contentious 70th-minute goal levelled the tie on aggregate and City went on to progress 4-3 overall after Sergio Aguero compounded Everton's woes with a header to make it 3-1 six minutes later.

Asked if he spoke to the referee, Jagielka said: "I tried to
He told me that my defending was brilliant
So, it is difficult when things start going the wrong way and they become a little bit arrogant – but unfortunately that is the way it goes with some.

"If he made a decision wrong or he didn't see it, that is what happens, but sometimes when you go and speak to people and, in such a big game, get the answers you get it is that little bit more frustrating."

The incident was the latest in a series of controversies to have hampered Everton, who are stuck in mid-table in the Barclays Premier League, in recent weeks.

In the past month they have been on the wrong end of a disputed penalty against Stoke, an offside strike at Chelsea and a handball incident against Swansea, all of which contributed to defeats.

Jagielka said: "It was a great cutback and a great finish but the replays show it is not just an inch or so out
You expect the officials that are supposed to be of a high standard to spot that but this obviously wasn't one of those nights.

"It did happen quite quickly but the way things have gone in the last few games, people can't see offsides and people can't see the ball out of play
We are obviously feeling a bit annoyed at some of the decisions we have got recently."

Everton led 2-1 after the first leg and put themselves in sight of a final against rivals Liverpool next month as Ross Barkley extended their advantage with a superb strike.

But City quickly replied through Fernandinho and hit the woodwork twice through Aguero and David Silva before substitute De Bruyne struck.

De Bruyne ended the match on a stretcher with suspected medial ligament damage but was outstanding in his 23 minutes on the field, and it was his cross that set up Aguero's clincher.

Sterling, who will now face a Wembley reunion with the club he left in an acrimonious £49million deal last summer, had no qualms accepting victory, feeling he and City were due a little luck themselves.

Jesus Navas had a strong penalty claim turned down in the first leg at Goodison Park while Sterling himself was denied an injury-time spot-kick in the Premier League goalless draw against Everton a fortnight ago.

Sterling said: "We got the luck of the break, and we haven't had that in the last few games
I am just happy to get the good luck on this time, as the last few times we haven't, and it has taken us to Wembley, and that is the most important thing."

Sterling may get a rough ride from Liverpool fans but he is not concerned.

He said: "That is not a big thing on my mind
Obviously it is my ex team, but it is just another team on the way to get past.

"It (the final) is in my home city and it is something I have wanted to do since I was a kid
Nothing is going to stop me from doing it."

De Bruyne's knee was due to be assessed on Thursday but manager Manuel Pellegrini said he was "optimistic" the Belgian would not miss the rest of the season.

Source : PA

Everton upset over controversial goal in semi-final defeat

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Everton fumed as Man City controversially overturned a first-leg deficit to claim a place in the Capital One Cup final.

City recovered from being two goals behind on aggregate to win their semi-final 4-3 overall with a 3-1 success at the Etihad Stadium, but their comeback hinged on a contentious goal.

With the score 1-1 on the night, City hit a second to level the tie through Kevin De Bruyne despite Raheem Sterling clearly running the ball out of play in the build-up.

The Toffees never recovered from that 70th-minute blow and substitute De Bruyne then set up Sergio Aguero for a decisive third City goal six minutes later.

The result put quadruple-chasing City through to next month's final against Liverpool but there was concern over De Bruyne's fitness after the Belgian was carried off late on with suspected medial ligament damage.

De Bruyne's goal was the main talking point of an enthralling the game with Everton boss Roberto Martinez questioning how the officials could have missed the ball crossing the byline.

Martinez said: "It was a clear decision, the ball is out of play. That second goal affected the outcome too much.

"You have to respect the referees, they have the toughest job in football, but certain decisions are clear-cut. When the ball is out of play in the modern game, you don't expect that to be missed.

"When it ends up with the second goal, you can imagine the major blow it has in our feelings, our performance and our chances to get through."

Everton led 2-1 from the first leg and increased their advantage as Ross Barkley finished off a swift counter-attack with an excellent finish in the 18th minute.

City rallied and pulled one back with a deflected Fernandinho strike and hit the woodwork twice through Aguero and David Silva before De Bruyne's disupted effort.

The momentum was all with the hosts after that and they secured victory with a fine glancing header from Aguero.

Roberto Martinez thinks Everton have nothing to lose against Manchester City

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident his young team have the mental fortitude to see off Manchester City to reach the Capital One Cup final

The Toffees boss has often excused performances – including Sunday's 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea – on the basis his side still have plenty to learn.

However, there can be no excuses on Wednesday when they head to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final with a slender 2-1 advantage.

Martinez believes they have the capacity to get the job done and does not feel some of the displays this season, particularly their habit of conceding added-time goals, warrants input from a sports psychologist.

"You want every player to show the mentality of being ready and that the team can rely on that individual and every player has to have that mentality," he said.

"Disappointments are painful at the moment because results have not been fair in reflecting the efforts and football we have played.

"Psychologically you have to go through experiences in order to create that resilience to create that winning mentality.

"When things are going well they (younger players) will get a lot of attention, but in the same way when results are not going well they have to get used to that scrutiny.

"I never manage in a blame culture, I manage in an aspirational manner.

"There are situations you need that (psychological) support but at the moment I wouldn't say that is needed in this team.

"Getting a big achievement and reach something quite special could help to that positive outlook in our games.

"It will be an enormous landmark for the club if we can reach the final of the League Cup.

"I don't think we have anything to lose
Everyone expects Man City to win and to get into the final."

England defender John Stones has been the latest to be criticised after his error led to Swansea's opening goal on Sunday.

However, Martinez has no doubts about the centre-back's enduring quality.

"John is 21 and has played 68 games in the Premier League
I would never judge a player until he plays 100 starts in any league," he added.

"John is the first one to know when he plays well and plays badly
You have to learn from those situations.

"Some of his performances this season have been magnificent
Is he the finished article? Clearly not because he is 21 and has played only 68 games.

"Whatever the judgement and criticism from outside we accept it but I think John Stones is in the perfect environment to fulfil his potential and become one of the greatest players England has ever seen."

Stones will have Phil Jagielka back alongside him on Wednesday as Everton's captain returns after being rested at the weekend but midfielder Muhamed Besic and forward Kevin Mirallas have been ruled out with injury.

Martinez expects Jagielka's presence to make a difference.

"It would be daft to say that you don't miss a player like Phil Jagielka," he added.

"His influence is always there
Phil is a real influence in the dressing room and it is important he is fully refreshed."

Source : PA

Everton have nothing to lose

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez is confident his young team have the mental fortitude to see off Man City and reach the Capital One Cup final.

The Toffees boss has often excused performances – including Sunday's 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea – on the basis his side still have plenty to learn.

However, there can be no excuses on Wednesday when they head to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final with a slender 2-1 advantage.

Martinez believes they have the capacity to get the job done and does not feel some of the displays this season, particularly their habit of conceding added-time goals, warrants input from a sports psychologist.

"You want every player to show the mentality of being ready and that the team can rely on that individual and every player has to have that mentality," he said.

"Disappointments are painful at the moment because results have not been fair in reflecting the efforts and football we have played.

"Psychologically you have to go through experiences in order to create that resilience to create that winning mentality.

"When things are going well they (younger players) will get a lot of attention, but in the same way when results are not going well they have to get used to that scrutiny.

"I never manage in a blame culture, I manage in an aspirational manner.

"There are situations you need that (psychological) support but at the moment I wouldn't say that is needed in this team.

"Getting a big achievement and reach something quite special could help to that positive outlook in our games.

"It will be an enormous landmark for the club if we can reach the final of the League Cup.

"I don't think we have anything to lose. Everyone expects Man City to win and to get into the final."

Manchester City v Everton – complete head-to-head statistics

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Manchester City v Everton head-to-head record

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

At Man. City (83) At Everton (83)
Results Total % Results Total %
Man. City 45 54.22 Everton 43 51.81
Everton 19 22.89 Man. City 17 20.48
Draws 19 22.89 Draws 23 27.71
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Man. City 142 1.71 Everton 146 1.76
Everton 80 0.96 Man. City 87 1.05
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (166 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Man. City 0 0.00 Man. City 62 37.35
Everton 0 0.00 Everton 62 37.35
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 42 25.30
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Man. City 0 0.00 Man. City 229 1.38
Everton 0 0.00 Everton 226 1.36
Records
Highest Aggregate 10 Everton 9 – 1 Man. City 1906/1907
Highest Man. City score: 6 Everton 2 – 6 Man. City 1928/1929
Highest Everton score: 9 Everton 9 – 1 Man. City 1906/1907
Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2015/2016 Wed 13 Jan Man. City 0 – 0 Everton Premier League
1936/1937 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 4 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
1935/1936 Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 2 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1934/1935 Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 2 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 2 Everton First Division
1933/1934 Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 2 Everton First Division
1932/1933 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 3 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 1 Man. City First Division
1931/1932 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 1 Man. City First Division
1929/1930 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 3 Man. City First Division
1928/1929 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 5 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 6 Man. City First Division
1925/1926 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 4 – 4 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
1924/1925 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 1 Man. City First Division
1923/1924 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 6 – 1 Man. City First Division
1922/1923 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 0 Man. City First Division
1921/1922 Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 2 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 1 Everton First Division
1920/1921 Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 0 Everton First Division
1919/1920 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 2 – 0 Man. City First Division
1914/1915 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 0 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 4 – 1 Man. City First Division
1913/1914 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
1912/1913 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 0 Man. City First Division
1911/1912 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 4 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
1910/1911 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
1908/1909 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 4 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 6 – 3 Man. City First Division
1907/1908 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 4 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 3 Man. City First Division
1906/1907 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 3 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 9 – 1 Man. City First Division
1905/1906 Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 3 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1904/1905 Sat 01 Aug Everton 0 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 0 Everton First Division
1903/1904 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 3 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
1901/1902 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 3 – 1 Man. City First Division
1900/1901 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 5 – 2 Man. City First Division
1899/1900 Sat 01 Aug Man. City 1 – 2 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Aug Everton 4 – 0 Man. City First Division
2014/2015 Sat 10 Jan Everton 1 – 1 Man. City Premier League
Sat 06 Dec Man. City 1 – 0 Everton Premier League
2013/2014 Sat 03 May Everton 2 – 3 Man. City Premier League
Sat 05 Oct Man. City 3 – 1 Everton Premier League
2012/2013 Sat 16 Mar Everton 2 – 0 Man. City Premier League
Sat 01 Dec Man. City 1 – 1 Everton Premier League
2011/2012 Tue 31 Jan Everton 1 – 0 Man. City Premier League
Sat 24 Sep Man. City 2 – 0 Everton Premier League
2010/2011 Sat 07 May Everton 2 – 1 Man. City Premier League
Mon 20 Dec Man. City 1 – 2 Everton Premier League
2009/2010 Wed 24 Mar Man. City 0 – 2 Everton Premier League
Sat 16 Jan Everton 2 – 0 Man. City Premier League
2008/2009 Sat 25 Apr Everton 1 – 2 Man. City Premier League
Sat 13 Dec Man. City 0 – 1 Everton Premier League
2007/2008 Mon 25 Feb Man. City 0 – 2 Everton Premier League
Sat 12 Jan Everton 1 – 0 Man. City Premier League
2006/2007 Mon 01 Jan Man. City 2 – 1 Everton Premiership
Sat 30 Sep Everton 1 – 1 Man. City Premiership
2005/2006 Sat 04 Feb Everton 1 – 0 Man. City Premiership
Sun 02 Oct Man. City 2 – 0 Everton Premiership
2004/2005 Sun 26 Dec Everton 2 – 1 Man. City Premiership
Sat 11 Sep Man. City 0 – 1 Everton Premiership
2003/2004 Sat 15 May Man. City 5 – 1 Everton Premiership
Sun 07 Dec Everton 0 – 0 Man. City Premiership
2002/2003 Wed 01 Jan Everton 2 – 2 Man. City Premiership
Sat 31 Aug Man. City 3 – 1 Everton Premiership
2000/2001 Sun 08 Apr Everton 3 – 1 Man. City Premiership
Sat 09 Dec Man. City 5 – 0 Everton Premiership
1995/1996 Sat 10 Feb Everton 2 – 0 Man. City Premiership
Wed 30 Aug Man. City 0 – 2 Everton Premiership
1994/1995 Wed 15 Mar Everton 1 – 1 Man. City Premiership
Sat 27 Aug Man. City 4 – 0 Everton Premiership
1993/1994 Wed 08 Dec Man. City 1 – 0 Everton Premiership
Tue 17 Aug Everton 1 – 0 Man. City Premiership
1992/1993 Sat 08 May Man. City 2 – 5 Everton Premier League
Sat 31 Oct Everton 1 – 3 Man. City Premier League
1991/1992 Mon 20 Apr Everton 1 – 2 Man. City First Division
Tue 17 Sep Man. City 0 – 1 Everton First Division
1990/1991 Sun 13 Jan Everton 2 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 01 Sep Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1989/1990 Sat 21 Apr Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sun 17 Dec Everton 0 – 0 Man. City First Division
1987/1988 Wed 20 Jan Everton 2 – 0 Man. City League Cup
1986/1987 Sat 02 May Everton 0 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 29 Nov Man. City 1 – 3 Everton First Division
1985/1986 Tue 11 Feb Everton 4 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 26 Oct Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
1982/1983 Wed 02 Mar Man. City 0 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 09 Oct Everton 2 – 1 Man. City First Division
1981/1982 Sat 20 Mar Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 31 Oct Everton 0 – 1 Man. City First Division
1980/1981 Mon 20 Apr Man. City 3 – 1 Everton First Division
Fri 26 Dec Everton 0 – 2 Man. City First Division
1979/1980 Wed 02 Apr Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 22 Dec Everton 1 – 2 Man. City First Division
1978/1979 Sat 14 Apr Man. City 0 – 0 Everton First Division
Tue 26 Dec Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
1977/1978 Sat 25 Feb Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 01 Oct Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
1976/1977 Tue 10 May Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Tue 05 Oct Everton 2 – 2 Man. City First Division
1975/1976 Sat 21 Feb Man. City 3 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 15 Nov Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
1974/1975 Sat 08 Feb Man. City 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Sat 02 Nov Everton 2 – 0 Man. City First Division
1973/1974 Tue 02 Apr Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
Wed 26 Dec Everton 2 – 0 Man. City First Division
1972/1973 Sat 11 Nov Everton 2 – 3 Man. City First Division
Wed 16 Aug Man. City 0 – 1 Everton First Division
1971/1972 Sat 11 Mar Everton 1 – 2 Man. City First Division
Sat 09 Oct Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1970/1971 Sat 03 Apr Man. City 3 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 29 Aug Everton 0 – 1 Man. City First Division
1969/1970 Tue 23 Dec Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 23 Aug Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
1968/1969 Thu 26 Dec Man. City 1 – 3 Everton First Division
Sat 05 Oct Everton 2 – 0 Man. City First Division
1967/1968 Mon 29 Apr Man. City 2 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 04 Nov Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
1966/1967 Sat 29 Apr Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
Sat 19 Nov Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1962/1963 Sat 23 Mar Everton 2 – 1 Man. City First Division
Sat 03 Nov Man. City 1 – 1 Everton First Division
1961/1962 Wed 20 Sep Man. City 1 – 3 Everton First Division
Wed 06 Sep Everton 0 – 2 Man. City First Division
1960/1961 Sat 11 Mar Man. City 2 – 1 Everton First Division
Mon 24 Oct Everton 4 – 2 Man. City First Division
1959/1960 Mon 28 Dec Man. City 4 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 26 Dec Everton 2 – 1 Man. City First Division
1958/1959 Sat 31 Jan Everton 3 – 1 Man. City First Division
Sat 13 Sep Man. City 1 – 3 Everton First Division
1957/1958 Sat 19 Apr Everton 2 – 5 Man. City First Division
Sat 07 Dec Man. City 6 – 2 Everton First Division
1956/1957 Mon 22 Apr Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
Fri 19 Apr Man. City 2 – 4 Everton First Division
1955/1956 Wed 07 Mar Man. City 3 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 19 Nov Everton 1 – 1 Man. City First Division
1954/1955 Wed 23 Feb Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
Sat 02 Oct Man. City 1 – 0 Everton First Division
1949/1950 Sat 06 May Everton 3 – 1 Man. City First Division
Wed 07 Sep Man. City 0 – 0 Everton First Division
1948/1949 Mon 27 Dec Man. City 0 – 0 Everton First Division
Sat 25 Dec Everton 0 – 0 Man. City First Division
1947/1948 Wed 03 Sep Man. City 0 – 1 Everton First Division
Wed 27 Aug Everton 1 – 0 Man. City First Division
1937/1938 Wed 08 Sep Everton 4 – 1 Man. City First Division
Wed 01 Sep Man. City 2 – 0 Everton First Division

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Everton 1-2 Swansea- Match Report

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Francesco Guidolin starts with a win as Swans sink Everton to ease drop fearsNew head coach Francesco Guidolin enjoyed a winning start as Swansea registered back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the first time this season with a 2-1 victory at Everton.The Italian watched Monday's win over Watford from the stands and it is a matter for debate how much he influenced this result – the Swans' first ever league triumph in the 22 meetings between the two – as the visitors did not have to play particularly well to beat the worst home defence in the league.Roberto Martinez's side have now conceded 22 goals in 12 home games, three more than anyone else, and the ease with which a Swansea team which had not scored in the first half in their previous eight away league matches was a concern.A sluggish Everton never got going and gifted Swansea an the opener when John Stones' woeful backpass led to Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty.A Jack Cork own goal, denying Gareth Barry his first strike for 88 matches, was quickly followed by Andre Ayew's strike – and that was to prove decisive.With captain Phil Jagielka rested ahead of Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Stones was the senior centre-back – but he had a match to forget as his tendency to overplay proved costly.That contrasted sharply with his opposite number Ashley Williams, whose old-fashioned approach saw him take no chances – or prisoners – and keep in-form Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku relatively quiet.Everton's afternoon began badly when they lost Muhamed Besic, who had hit the post with the first shot of the match, to injury after just 10 minutes.But that was only the start as in the 18th minute Stones delayed too long before leaving a square backpass short, which meant Tim Howard's attempted clearance only hacked down Ayew and Sigurdsson hammered home the penalty.Such is the regard Howard is currently held in by many supporters at least one Everton fan called for his own goalkeeper to be sent off for the foul but however slow the American's reactions were Stones had to take his fair share of the blame.However, the hosts fashioned a well-taken 27th-minute equaliser when Gerard Deulofeu's corner was backheeled by Barry via Jack Cork and in off the far post.The celebrations were short-lived as injury to Kevin Mirallas forced a second substitution before Swansea went ahead again.Deulofeu thought he should have had a handball decision against Williams but the visitors countered with Neil Taylor going past makeshift right-back Bryan Oviedo to set up Ayew, whose shot deflected off Stones past Howard.After the break Deulofeu finally got into the game with a series of viciously whipped-in crosses but Lukaku, in particular, could not take advantage.Guidolin, adopting a very Italian approach, was taking no chances and sent on defender Jordi Amat for winger Wayne Routledge and Eder for Ayew to shore things up.Substitute Seamus Coleman rolled a late shot wide and then volleyed over from four yards with the last kick of the game but Everton hardly put Lukasz Fabianski under huge pressure as they chased the game.The result lifted Swansea four points clear of the relegation zone and only four points behind Everton, in 12th

Source : PA

Everton V Swansea at Goodison Park – LIVE

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Everton V Swansea – view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.Roberto Martinez will not let his key men leave Everton in this transfer windowEverton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant none of his key players will be allowed to leave this month, despite new speculation about the futures of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones.Lukaku, their 19-goal top scorer, is set to make his 100th start for the club in Sunday's visit of Swansea but there were claims this week the Toffees had put a B#65million price tag on his head.Similarly, Chelsea have been linked with another move for England centre-back Stones, whom they failed to sign in the summer after having a B#38million bid rejected, while Manchester City have reportedly identified midfielder Barkley as a replacement for Yaya Toure.Everton successfully fended off all transfer interest in the summer and Martinez insists they will do the same for the remainder of this window."None of our players who have been performing well…are going to leave in January
That is the end of the matter," he stressed."January is not a window where we are going to bring any instability to our squad."Any talk about players getting evaluations or leaving the club is a waste of time."When it was suggested to the Catalan that every player has his price he responded: "Not in January."We are not going to even consider losing a member of our squad who has been important and will be important for second half of the season."Lukaku has scored 55 goals in 108 appearances for the club and has 12 in his last 12 matches.Any decision to cash in would be controversial and, despite the continued speculation about Europe's bigger clubs circling, Martinez believes they can keep hold of the Belgium international even though he has expressed his desire on more than one occasion to play Champions League football."It (Lukaku's ambition) goes hand-in-hand because at Everton we want to play Champions League football, so it is good to have a shared target," added Martinez."He wants to score goals and become better
It has been a fantastic journey in the last 13 months."You have seen an evolution in his play which has been quite magnificent
He is a special footballer for us."He is on the verge of getting 100 starts for Everton in all competitions and that is an incredible landmark for a 22-year-old."More than anything that is because he is reliable, he has been consistently there and he is a focal point for us all."I am looking for him to become even better as a player and carry on with the big role he has in the team."Speculation is all positive
You don't get that sort of reaction if you are not playing well."Everton midfielder James McCarthy (groin) and defender Seamus Coleman (calf) have returned to training this week but may not be quite ready for Sunday's game.Midfielder Tom Cleverley, an unused substitute at Chelsea last weekend, may get a run-out while there are no injury worries over Steven Pienaar or Bryan Oviedo.Meanwhile, Alan Curtis has been impressed by new head coach Francesco Guidolin's early impact at Swansea and compared the Italian to former Swans boss Michael Laudrup.Guidolin will take charge of the Barclays Premier League strugglers for the first time at Goodison Park.Curtis, who had been interim manager since Garry Monk's departure last month and will work alongside Guidolin, said the 60-year-old, who left his last managerial post with Udinese in May 2014, was up for the challenge of keeping Swansea in the top flight."Francesco addressed the players on Wednesday I think and spoke really warmly and passionately about what he expects from the players and what he will give to them," Curtis said at the pre-match press conference."He was really impressive considering he's got a limited amount of English
I thought he spoke really well."He seems really confident
I think he's very thoughtful, probably shades of Michael Laudrup in many ways and I think that he's quite reserved."He's very measured in how he speaks, but you feel there's a little bit of a fiery temper there as well
He's been impressive so far
I'm sure he realises the job he's coming into and feels very confident he can cope with it."Guidolin will be assisted by former Chelsea midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti, with Curtis describing his role as "an ally" to the new boss "in terms of the knowledge of the players and the league itself".Swansea have a fully fit squad to choose from for the clash

Source : DSG

Martinez won’t let his key men leave

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant none of his key players will be allowed to leave this month, despite new speculation about the futures of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones

Lukaku, their 19-goal top scorer, is set to make his 100th start for the club in Sunday's visit of Swansea but there were claims this week the Toffees had put a £65million price tag on his head.

Similarly, Chelsea have been linked with another move for England centre-back Stones, whom they failed to sign in the summer after having a £38million bid rejected, while Manchester City have reportedly identified midfielder Barkley as a replacement for Yaya Toure.

Everton successfully fended off all transfer interest in the summer and Martinez insists they will do the same for the remainder of this window.

"None of our players who have been performing well…are going to leave in January. That is the end of the matter," he stressed.

"January is not a window where we are going to bring any instability to our squad.

"Any talk about players getting evaluations or leaving the club is a waste of time."

When it was suggested to the Catalan that every player has his price he responded: "Not in January.

"We are not going to even consider losing a member of our squad who has been important and will be important for second half of the season."

Lukaku has scored 55 goals in 108 appearances for the club and has 12 in his last 12 matches.

Any decision to cash in would be controversial and, despite the continued speculation about Europe's bigger clubs circling, Martinez believes they can keep hold of the Belgium international even though he has expressed his desire on more than one occasion to play Champions League football.

"It (Lukaku's ambition) goes hand-in-hand because at Everton we want to play Champions League football, so it is good to have a shared target," added Martinez.

"He wants to score goals and become better. It has been a fantastic journey in the last 13 months.

"You have seen an evolution in his play which has been quite magnificent. He is a special footballer for us.

"He is on the verge of getting 100 starts for Everton in all competitions and that is an incredible landmark for a 22-year-old.

"More than anything that is because he is reliable, he has been consistently there and he is a focal point for us all.

"I am looking for him to become even better as a player and carry on with the big role he has in the team.

"Speculation is all positive. You don't get that sort of reaction if you are not playing well."

Another player who has been long linked with a move away is Lukaku's Belgium team-mate Kevin Mirallas.

After an indifferent first half of the season, Mirallas produced an outstanding performance in the 3-3 draw at Chelsea – his first league start since Boxing Day – and Martinez believes they will now see the 28-year-old returning to his best form.

"Kevin has always been an important player for us," he said.

"You get those ups and downs sometimes when you pick up a niggle, a red card against Swansea and miss three games and have a couple of international games – that can stop you from having real continuity.

"Kevin is a player who is different from any other player we have in the club and gives us an extra dimension. He is not going anywhere."

Steven Naismith completes move to Norwich from Everton

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Norwich have announced the signing of Scottish forward Steven Naismith from Everton.

Naismith has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Canaries for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £8.5million.

The Norfolk club have been proactive in the January transfer window, bolstering their squad for the survival battle ahead by bringing in Swiss defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg, Portuguese full-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb and York teenager Ben Godfrey, while winger Matt Jarvis has turned his loan switch from West Ham into a permanent deal.

Naismith had been tracked by Norwich in the summer, but the two clubs were unable to broker a deal.

During September, the Scottish marksman netted a hat-trick in Everton's 3-1 Premier League win over Chelsea at Goodison Park, but has seen his opportunities to play regular football limited, as well as overcoming a recent ankle injury.

Naismith made a total of 13 appearances for the Toffees this season, also scoring in the Capital One Cup win at Barnsley.

"Where I was in my career, the age I am and the way the first half of the season has gone for me, I had to think a lot about the future," Naismith said on www.canaries.co.uk.

"When January came, it was a case of knowing exactly where I stood and the manager at Everton was good and said that he'd listen to whatever I wanted.

"Norwich have displayed class in the way they've done their business all the way through.

"They've been fantastic in the sense of showing how much they wanted me, and I'm delighted to be here."

The 29-year-old is determined to make the most of his opportunity at Carrow Road, and could make his debut in the home game against Liverpool on Saturday.

"I want to settle in quickly, get involved and play my part in games
I want to contribute to a team effort to move this club forward," he added

"I am expecting to go straight into the training
The manager will obviously have his thoughts for the (Liverpool) game and hopefully I'm involved in some respect.

"I have played a couple of times here and it's always a great atmosphere with a full crowd, and I look forward to being on the right side of the fans."

Source : PA

Everton duo James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman close to return

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Everton have been given a major boost ahead of next week's crucial Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester City with midfielder James McCarthy and defender Seamus Coleman likely to be fit

McCarthy has played just once in the last eight weeks because of a groin problem while Coleman was injured in the first leg on January 6 and was expected to be out for three to four weeks.

"James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman are both progressing really well and I expect those two to be back in the squad after this full week," said manager Roberto Martinez.

Neither are likely to be risked for Sunday's visit of Swansea but utility man Bryan Oviedo will be ready after being carried off in the weekend's dramatic 3-3 draw at Chelsea having taken a blow to the same leg he sustained a double fracture on two years ago.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley is also set for an outing against the Swans after being an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge.

"There was good news on Bryan Oviedo
We all felt the worst when he left the pitch on a stretcher but it's been good to see him running in training today and I don't expect him to be missing from the squad at the weekend," the Toffees boss told evertonfc.com.

"Tom Cleverley made the bench against Chelsea, so from that point of view he was passed fit, and it's just about making sure he gets the match fitness that he needs and I expect this week is going to be a long week and a very good week of work to prepare for a very busy period ahead."

Martinez could have Leeds defender Sam Byram on board by the weekend as personal negotiations continue after they had a bid accepted on Thursday but they may have to fend off West Ham, who have reportedly also been successful with their offer.

But forward Steven Naismith is on his way out after travelling to Norwich for a medical ahead of a £8.5million move.

The Canaries wanted to sign the Scotland international in August but their bid came in too late for Everton to sign a replacement and so the situation was put on hold until this month.

Source : PA

Martinez rages as Chelseas offside equaliser is allowed to stand

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Roberto Martinez was seething after Everton were denied a first win at Chelsea in 21 years by a 98th-minute John Terry goal which even Guus Hiddink conceded should have been ruled out for offside

Fallen Premier League champions Chelsea avoided another chastening defeat as Terry's flick earned a 3-3 draw which drew the ire of the Spaniard.

"The level of the refereeing is diabolical," Martinez told Setanta.

He added on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I don't think you can call it controversy
It's an incredible injustice, an incredible mistake."

Martinez's frustration was not just at the time added on when fourth official Craig Pawson had signalled for seven minutes' stoppage time
The Everton boss' anger was over Terry netting from an offside position

And his comments may yet attract the attention of the Football Association's disciplinary chiefs.

"The fourth official made it clear it was time (up), before the ball was played into the box
It's not a debate," Martinez added in the post-match media conference.

"We had to play seven minutes of injury time and the last action happens at seven minutes and 51 seconds.

"That would be a debatable point – how long you want to play
But to have a player two yards offside in the box is unacceptable.

"John Terry with the final touch is two yards offside.

"There's no reason to get that decision wrong
It doesn't come down to the interpretation of the referee at all.

"The offside decision is as clear as you're going to see
It's a major error.

"It's not a decision which could be in the balance
That makes it difficult to take.

"It's a heartbreaking moment for us, because we deserved the three points.

"The refereeing today wasn't up to the level and that's very, very frustrating
It's cost us two points."

Martinez did not approach referee Mike Jones or his fellow officials afterwards.

"It's pointless," he said.

The lengthy celebrations following Ramiro Funes Mori's late goal might have contributed to the additional minute being added, with Everton believing they had secured a first league win at Stamford Bridge in 21 years after staving off a Chelsea fightback.

Then Terry struck with a deft flick on a 700th club appearance which included an earlier own goal.

Hiddink remains unbeaten in six matches since being appointed Chelsea caretaker boss for a second time and admitted his side benefited from good fortune.

"I can say now he (Martinez) is quite right," said Hiddink, who replaced Jose Mourinho.

"You have to be fair
Why should I deny it? I have seen it.

"Oscar touched the ball and, half a yard, John was offside even though he made a beautiful goal."

Terry's own goal and a Kevin Mirallas strike put Everton 2-0 up, but Chelsea scored twice in quick succession to restore parity.

A howler from Tim Howard allowed Diego Costa to net and Cesc Fabregas' deflected strike levelled matters.

Worse was to follow for Chelsea when Costa limped off and Funes Mori turned in fellow substitute Gerard Deulofeu's cross.

Costa immediately went to hospital for a scan on a shin injury.

Hiddink added: "He was in a lot of pain
He will have a scan
We don't know the result
I hope it's not bad."

The potential absence of Costa, including in next Sunday's match at Arsenal, could lead to Chelsea making moves in the transfer market.

But Hiddink would not be drawn on that prospect.

"For the moment we are doing nothing (in the transfer market)," Hiddink said.

"We hope Diego comes out the hospital in good health and we go on as we are doing."

Source : PA

Everton have made an approach for Sam Byram – Roberto Martinez

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Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton have made an approach for Leeds defender Sam Byram.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and it was reported on Thursday that the Toffees have had a fee worth up to £5million accepted by the Elland Road side.

Byram is a long-term option which could provide a short-term fix with Seamus Coleman out injured, but Martinez pointed out that any potential deal is still a long way off.

"There has been an approach
There is nothing else to comment on
You have to careful," he said
"From there to conclusive news is a long gap."

Coleman is expected to be out for another three weeks with a calf strain sustained in last week's Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg victory over Manchester City

The Toffees are light when it comes to cover for him at right-back, with Tyias Browning ruled out for the season with a knee injury and veteran Tony Hibbert's fitness issues mean he has not played a match in 13 months

John Stones filled the void in Wednesday's goalless draw at City, but ideally the Toffees want him operating in the centre of their defence.

When asked to discuss what qualities Byram has, Martinez said: "I wouldn't be that disrespectful to players registered to other clubs."

Martinez also offered an update on a possible departure for Steven Naismith, who has been linked to both Norwich and Swansea recently

"It is in his (Naismith's) hands to a point
It has to be right for everyone
We are open to Naismith's situation," he added

Source : PA

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