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Roberto Martinez lauds ‘unstoppable’ counter-attacking qualities during impressive Everton victory

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez lauded his side’s ‘unstoppable’ counter-attacking qualities after putting Southampton to the sword during a 3-0 win at St Mary’s.A Romelu Lukaku double and Ross Barkley’s impressive late finish ensured a surprisingly resounding victory on the south coast, with all three strikes coming after speedy breakaways.The Belgian’s first, a brilliant header to cap a fine team move, epitomised the Toffees’ fluent collective performance, and Martinez was quick to underline his satisfaction at the three points.“We were very good on the ball, very good when we were defending and we were unstoppable on the counter attack,” said the Spaniard.“There was a real intensity and focus. I thought every player today did an incredible job to allow the team to shine.”Everton were criticised for their defensive frailties during last weekend’s comeback draw with Watford, but Martinez felt his players emulated the levels they reached late on in that 2-2 draw.He added: “The way we wanted to start today was to reflect the turnaround we had in the last game.“I think it’s fair to say we played the second game in the same way we finished the last.”last_img read more