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Martinez: Something Special Happened

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said something special happened in the change room at half time which inspired the Toffees to come from a goal behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday.

Goals from Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas in the second 45 saw Everton secure the victory and bounce back from a horrific 4-0 loss to Liverpool in midweek.

Speaking after the game Martinez said he was proud of the character his team showed and said something special happened in the change room at half time.

“I think it was a challenging week,” said Martinez.

“We were all very, very disappointed after Tuesday for the meaning of the result and the opposition we were playing.

“Remember, it was only our third defeat. We're all very much happy with the way things are going, but were (left) disappointed.

“In our first-half performance (against Villa) we were very cagey wanting to win the game without being ourselves, without being freed.

“We hit the post and then Villa go at the other end and score and that's a real test of character.

“That half-time moment defined our season. There is something very special about that dressing room and we showed everyone what it is in football terms, which was that second-half display.”

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