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‘Pedestrian’ Everton need to start Goodison games better - Martinez

Roberto Martinez has implored his Everton side to start home games in a more urgent fashion.

The Toffees were beaten 2-1 by Swansea City at Goodison Park on Sunday despite enjoying the lions' share of possession throughout and creating a host of chances.

Martinez's men had around 60% of the ball and conjured 20 efforts although only two were on target as they lost to the Welsh club for the firs time in a league encounter.

The Spaniard said: "It's a game that brings a scoreline which is very hard to take," Martinez said. "In the first half, we didn't start as well as we can.

"I don't think we were sharp enough and we were a little bit pedestrian. There were other aspects that weren't in our control. We had two injured players that stopped the momentum a little bit.

"The penalty came from nothing but in the second half, with the reaction we had, the control and the amount of chances we created, the scoreline could have been very, very different.

"Today nothing went in our favour. An example of that is the last chance we had with Seamus (Coleman) in a great position.

"We know we have to start games better and we have to use the first half at Goodison a lot better. It's been difficult this season but I think the reaction in the second half was good.

"The chances we created should have been enough to win the football game, never mind to get a draw."

A penalty conceded by Tim Howard after a poor backpass from John Stones, converted by Gylfi Sigurdsson, had the Swans in front before Jack Cork's own-goal from a Gareth Bary flick-on restored parity for the Blues.

However, Andre Ayew saw his effort deflect in off Stones in the 34th minute which ended up being the eventual winner.

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