Wes Hoolahan leveller frustrates Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Norwich 1 Everton 1: Roberto Martinez believes Everton must learn to be more ruthless at each end of the pitch after allowing Norwich to fight back to what looked an unlikely draw.

Wes Hoolahan leveller frustrates Everton boss Roberto Martinez

The Toffees could have been cruising at the interval after Romelu Lukaku scored for a seventh straight game while missing further chances.

Leighton Baines also hit a post and Arouna Kone twice went close before Wes Hoolahan equalised early in the second half.

Martinez rued missing out on a victory for a third straight game following draws with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.

“(The) team has to suffer and has to go through this period to realise all the good work that we do, all the expansive football that we play, and the quality that we show needs to be backed up with ruthless streak in front of our goal,” Martinez said.

“Make sure we don’t give a chance to the opposing teams to get back level.

“We’ve been very unfortunate and I think luck plays a big part in results.

“The performances have been very consistent in the last three and we feel we’ve dropped six points.”

Norwich boss Alex Neil was frustrated by the first-half showing and is keen for his side to find consistency in performance.

“What we need to do is come away from this inconsistency, because that’s where the issue lies,” Neil said.

“You look at our performance against Arsenal, we got a good point against a really good team. We could’ve won that game.

“We went to Watford, played poorly (lost 2-0), and then came back here and had a game (against Everton) where one half is not acceptable and the second half is really good.”

Neil was, at least, pleased his senior personnel stepped up in the second half.

“It’s all right me shouting at the side of the pitch all the time,” Neil added.

“You need guys who will take the team by the scruff of the neck and demand the most out of every player. I thought we had that in the second half.”

He also hopes to add to his options during next month’s transfer window.

“One of the things that has made it more difficult for us is that we didn’t strengthen the squad as much as we wanted to before the season started.

“Hopefully we can put that right in January.”


Rudd, Wisdom (Bennett 46), Martin, Bassong, Olsson,Tettey, O’Neil, Redmond, Hoolahan (Howson 84), Brady, Jerome.

Subs not used:

Ruddy, Grabban, Mbokani, Dorrans, Mulumbu.


Howard, Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines, Cleverley, Barry, Deulofeu (Mirallas 69), Barkley (Gibson 76), Kone, Lukaku.

Subs not used:

Robles, Lennon, Naismith, Osman, Galloway.


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