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The praise is pouring in for Everton today after the Toffees clinched a 1-0 win over Manchester United last night. Bryan Oviedo's late winner handed Roberto Martinez a win over his predecessor David Moyes, who is now feeling the pressure at Old Trafford.
Martinez was delighted with his players, who never looked overawed in the Theatre of Dreams. The Spaniard led Everton to their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years, and they now sit five points above the Red Devils in the Premier League table.
“It was more than a football game for us - it was about trying to get over the mental block that we have had for many, many years. Someone told me it was 20-odd years since we won at Old Trafford. It was about being ourselves throughout the game. I couldn’t be prouder.”
“We never felt inferior. I have always felt this squad is capable of going anywhere in this league and playing teams eye to eye. I told the boys afterwards that this gives a real indication of what can be achieved. But we need to carry on improving, carry on getting better.”
Everton full back Seamus Coleman has been a key part of Everton's great start to the season, and the Irish defender voiced his praise for Martinez, who has been a great success since his move from Wigan in the summer. Coleman says that Martinez has given the squad the belief that they can beat the top teams – even away from home, where Everton have struggled in recent years.
“The manager has been working hard to get us to believe we could come here and get a result. It came on the way we’ve been playing, the way we’ve been keeping the ball and the confidence that has built. He just wanted us to play with no fear.”
“Earlier in the season we tried to go to City in the same way but since then the manager has had more time to instil belief in us and we’re delighted with the result.”
And finally, full back Bryan Oviedo took to Twitter last night to show his delight at scoring the winner. The Costa Rican defender, who is only in the team because Leighton Baines is injured, scored his second goal in as many games and coined the win yesterday as an “unforgettable day”.
Unforgettable day !!! Inolvidable día !!! pic.twitter.com/op0pLKrIT3— Bryan Oviedo (@Bryan_Oviedo) December 4, 2013
Can Everton kick on from here? Did they actually upgrade when they appointed Martinez?
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