Martinez - It just wasn’t our day

Everton manager Roberto Martinez on the touchline prior to kick-off during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane
Everton manager Roberto Martinez on the touchline prior to kick-off during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has to prepare for Crystal Palace wondering how they left White Hart Lane without anything to show for their endeavours.

“I think we started the game really, really well,” the Everton boss said.

“My concern before the game was being able to come to White Hart Lane and be ourselves, control the game and impose ourselves on the opposition and we did that.

“It is fair to say at times in football you are better to be lucky than good and today we played the good role, not the lucky one.

“But I thought from our point of view the only criticism about the first-half performance is that you need to hit the back of the net with the chances we had.

“I thought Lloris was outstanding in two actions, but then we had three very, very good opportunities that on another day we would have scored that important first goal.

“In the second half, without reaching our real highs, I thought we restricted Spurs to very little.

“If you were to tell me Spurs would have one shot on target before the game, I would have taken that.

“Looking at the performance, it is disappointing because we didn’t get the result but if we can take this performance into the next 13 games we’re going to get a lot of points. You hope football is not going to be that harsh on us again.”

The defeat was made even harder to swallow for Everton as they were denied what appeared to be a clear stoppage-time penalty after substitute Etienne Capoue clumsily took down Seamus Coleman.

“I haven’t seen the replay but it looked a very sloppy incident,” Martinez said.

“I think it was a careless challenge. He tries to win the ball and didn’t at all.

“I’m not sure if there was enough contact for a penalty, but I’ve seen them given.

“You need a little bit of luck and it was one of those days for us.