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Aston Villa fullback Cash: Martinez crucial for victory over Everton

Aston Villa fullback Matty Cash hailed Emi Martinez after victory over Everton.

Martinez denied Anthony Gordon in stoppage time as Villa held on to beat the Toffees 2-1 and record their first win of the season.

The Argentina international had been largely untroubled through the 90 minutes but was there when his team needed him, as the visitors threatened to make a stunning late comeback.

Cash said: “He (Martinez) normally buzzes off clean sheets. The first thing he said to me in the dressing room was: 'I'm gutted we conceded'. He's unbelievable. One of the best goalkeepers in the world. To have him there is really good for us. He has made so many big saves for us."

He also said: “One of the things we've said is when we get into winning positions, we have to see it out.

“That is what we did on Saturday. It is one of the things we have focused on as a team and a group. It has been drilled into us that you can't go 2-0 up and draw 2-2. Saturday, all credit, we did it.

“We have to look at it in terms of our resilience and that we hung on for the win. In that heat, the main thing was getting three points."

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