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Martinez Praises "Quality" Pienaar

Everton manager Roberto Martinez praised the quality of Steven Pienaar after his goalscoring return for the Toffees on Saturday.

The South African made his return from injury off the bench and with his first touch of the game he swept home the winning goal.

Martinez is delighted to have the player back and ready for action, saying that they had missed him during his absence.

"It is a really good sign when you have players on the bench with that sort of quality. I think Steven Pienaar is a player that brings that little bit of quality when you need it," he told BBC.

"I am pleased that he is back, available and ready to help the team - which is something that we missed. In the second-half we controlled the game a lot better.

Another player to make a mark on proceedings was Gareth Barry - who twice sparked controversy, first with seemingly touching the ball in an offside position for Everton's first goal, and second with a tackle which Hull City manager Steve Bruce thought deserved a red card.

Martinez was not so sure though, "I've watched it six or seven times and it's impossible to tell (whether Barry got a touch). Even if he touched it minimally the referee couldn't see it. If the referee's not sure he has to let it go.

"When I saw (Barry's tackle on Aluko) live I felt he won the ball. The pitch was open to those sorts of challenges. The referee handled it in a common sense manner and was consistent.

"It wasn't our normal stylish way but we got the three points."

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