Ever­ton boss crows about tal­ent pool at Good­i­son

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like very few play­ers can cope, and then go­ing for­ward he had a real pen­e­trat­ing look about him.

“He’s got power. He got to a ball he had no right to and a goal came from it.

“But I was im­pressed with the way he coped with the derby, with the first game he played for his side, and that’s down to his men­tal­ity.

“It wasn’t a gam­ble from a foot­balling point of view.

“It was a gam­ble from a hu­man point of view and I’m so glad he showed that kind of per­for­mance.”

Martinez, whose side face Rus­sians Krasnodar in the Europa League to­mor­row night, has re­vealed he needed BOTH Brown­ing and veteran Tony Hib­bert to cover for the ab­sence of Sea­mus Cole­man at An­field.

Repub­lic of Ire­land star Cole­man has now missed three matches with a head in­jury and will not be risked in the Euro­pean clash.

Veteran Hib­bert, 33, made his first league start since De­cem­ber 2012 and Martinez be­lieves his com­bi­na­tion of young and old can help cover for Cole­man.

He added: “We needed Tony’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Sea­mus Cole­man we left un­til the last sec­ond and it was just the right op­por­tu­nity for Tony to bring a bit of un­der­stand­ing and a bit of know-how.


“Then, when he ran out of steam, Tyias showed an in­cred­i­ble com­po­sure, great pace and gave us real pen­e­tra­tion down that side.

“I thought that Tony and Tyias both did an in­cred­i­ble job for us at An­field.”

Martinez could also hand a re­call to South African Steven Pien­aar – who’s been out for a month with a calf prob­lem – at Krasnodar.

DE­LIGHTED: Roberto Martinez KEEP­ING THE FAITH: Hib­bert im­pressed in the derby, while McCarthy is yet another Martinez find

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