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Martinez wants Everton players to become more ruthless

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen for his team to become aware when opponents are taking advantage of the rules and not be distracted by such antics. The Spaniard was frustrated by an incident in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Arsenal which saw the Toffees opt to kick the ball out for an injured Gunners player even though referee Mark Clattenburg had allowed play to continue.

"It was a frustrating moment for me," Martinez, told the Liverpool Echo.

"It's not that we're too nice, it's that we're a fair team. It's important for us, though, to identity when people are playing with that and trying to take advantage.

"We just need to make sure it doesn't cost us. I don't care about us using it but we need to know how not to get disadvantaged by it.

"I'll never compromise what we represent in terms of winning games. But if you have a player that wants to lay on the pitch and moan to the referee we shouldn't stop the game. Mikel used that to his advantage and we need to be aware of that.

"We should punish that sort of reaction and behaviour with penetrating football and using the players we have on the pitch. It's a lesson to be learned. But it's a learning curve."

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