Martinez pleased with derby showing

Everton manager Roberto Martinez saw plenty of positives in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park on Sunday, but thought they could have won it.

Both goals in the Merseyside derby came towards the end of the first half, with Danny Ings striking first for the Reds before Romelu Lukaku equalised for the Toffees just before the break.

"I thought our performance was good enough to get the three points," Martinez said. "You need to earn those three points and I didn't think we had that little bit of luck or the little break you sometimes need in front of goal.

"We're disappointed with the goal we conceded from a dead ball situation, but I was extremely pleased with the way we reacted and performed. 

"I thought we looked even stronger in the second half; every time we had the ball in their half we looked like creating something and we looked dangerous. There are too many positives to just highlight dropping two points at home.

"We saw [Liverpool goalkeeper Simon] Mignolet have the best two moments of the game. I thought he was outstanding, especially with the first one to keep out Steven Naismith's header – it was as good a save as you're going to see. The same with James McCarthy's shot as well because his view was blocked."

The draw sees Everton drop down to seventh in the Premier League table, but they remain undefeated in their last seven matches in all competitions.

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