Southampton 2 Everton 0: Result difficult to take, admits Martinez
Southampton 2 Everton 0: Roberto Martinez admits the Toffees's result is "difficult to take"
Roberto Martinez admitted Everton’s result was “difficult to take” after the Toffees’s top-four hopes were dented at Southampton.
Everton defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman both scored first half goals to leave the Saints in command at St Mary’s.
I felt psychologically we lost a bit of confidence and our normal arrogance in our play
It means Arsenal can move four points clear of fifth-placed Everton if Arsene Wenger’s men beat Newcastle United at The Emirates on Monday.
“It was a really difficult result to take,” Martinez told Everton’s website.
“The reality is to concede two own goals so early in the game made things nearly impossible.
“I did think that the second half we came out with a good attitude and good bravery but we needed that goal.
“When you want to win so much, and you concede two own goals, I felt psychologically we lost a bit of confidence and our normal arrogance in our play.”
Martinez, whose side were 2-0 winners against Manchester United last weekend, admitted his side lacked luck at crucial times of their St Mary’s loss.
“We needed that goal,” Martinez continued. “We had a couple of chances for Lukaku in the second half and for me it was a penalty on Leon Osman.
“There were key moments when we needed that little bit of luck. It could have a been a different ending if we had got that goal.”