Everton’s maturity was key to ending a run of five Premier League games with no a win, according to Roberto Martinez.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez described Ross Barkley as a “phenomenal person” after the attacking midfielder inspired his side to a 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Barkley, generating his 100th Premier League appearance, scored two late penalties and offered the Goodison Park crowd with arguably as excellent a performance as he has offered in his career to date as Everton created light perform of Steve McClaren’s Newcastle.
Martinez told BBC Sport: “100 games inside the league at 22 just isn’t simple to accomplish and he is playing a major role in the team.
“Phenomenal footballer, phenomenal particular person. He took duty with each penalties and showed how he is an assured, technical footballer.”
Aaron Lennon opened the scoring for Everton, who ended a run of 5 games without a Premier League win, and Martinez praised his side’s maturity.
“It is fair to say we are understanding from painful lessons,” he stated. “We started the game properly and have been strong in all departments.
“There have been occasions where opponents score too easily once they come into a game but we have been compact.
“The second objective was decisive. Scoring the second aim created it a various game and allowed us to control factors.
“We showed a mature way of playing. Back-to-back clean sheets now and also the group has the intent to please our fans and show what we can do.”
Martinez confirmed that Romelu Lukaku is really a doubt for Everton’s match at Stoke on Saturday just after picking up an injury within the initial half in the game.
He stated: “Rom discovered it painful to walk just after a knee in the back. It is not important but it’s tough to inform if he could make Stoke.”