Martinez focused on Newcastle meeting

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is adamant the time has now come for his side to find a way to carry their European form into their Barclays Premier League campaign.

More often than not, the Toffees have failed to do so this season, with commendable continental performances frequently being followed by disappointing domestic results.

And after Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League last-16 first-leg victory over Dynamo Kiev at Goodison Park, Martinez – whose men host Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday – said: “Now we need to focus on the league and on Sunday get that feeling that we had in the second half.

“We need to be together and help each other to express ourselves.

“Once we get that winning momentum in the league we are all going to get the rewards of seeing an outstanding football team with a lot of youngsters with enormous potential.”

Martinez has accepted his side are in a Premier League relegation battle.

Everton have taken just 28 points from 28 top-flight games this term and are six above the drop zone in 14th place after registering only one win from their last 12 fixtures.

They were showing the kind of uncertainty they have done during that sequence in the opening stages of Dynamo game, and after they fell behind in the 14th minute to Oleg Gusev’s volley the home crowd were growing restless.

But the fans were cheering by the final whistle having seen their team, the last British outfit remaining in the competition, bounce back strongly with the kind of spirit and dynamism that has consistently been lacking in their Premier League outings.

Steven Naismith’s 39th-minute strike levelled things before Romelu Lukaku - becoming Everton’s all-time leading European scorer with seven goals – converted the winner from the penalty spot with eight minutes to go.

And Martinez said: “I think this has to be a turning point for us.

“The crowd are intelligent and they know that we are a very honest group of players that are trying to play our best football.

“(Against Dynamo) you saw the same team with a real anxiety in the first 20 to 25 minutes finding it very difficult to express ourselves.

“But then, when we get that tempo right and that freedom and expression in our play, we are a very, very good team.”

Dynamo coach Sergei Rebrov, the former Tottenham and West Ham striker, said: “In England, matches are always hard but at first – until the 30th minute – we played very well.

“But then it was very difficult psychologically for us.

“Everton played with a very fast tempo and we couldn’t play as fast as them. But we know we have the second leg in Kiev and we must play another way.

“We hope to be more aggressive in the home match.”

The second leg takes place next Thursday, when Everton will be looking to secure what would be their first European quarter-final berth for 30 years.

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