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Martinez Looks Ahead To Palace Visit

19 September 2014

After Everton’s emphatic 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg on Thursday night, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has set his sights on Sunday’s visit of Crystal Palace to Goodison Park.

During his pre-match press conference Martinez revealed he is optimistic full-back Seamus Coleman will be fit to play against the Eagles, whose 3-2 victory on Merseyside last season still lingers in the Spaniard's memory.

He said: “Our focus is now on Crystal Palace and to make sure that everyone’s fully recovered and ready to face a very tough challenge. Last season we struggled against them and lost three points so we are well aware of what we are facing on Sunday.

“Neil Warnock has phenomenal experience in the British game and with Crystal Palace itself, so he knows the club inside out. The group are very clear in what they are good at, I thought they were phenomenal in the last campaign. 

"In the second half of the season they were one of the best teams in the league in my opinion because they became such a defensive unit. They also scored three goals at Goodison, two of them from open play, and I expect them to be exactly the same.

"I think we are meeting a team who knows exactly what they are doing and we are well aware how difficult the game on Sunday is."

Leighton Baines has also had his say on the weekend's fixture, and believes that after Thursday’s Europa League victory the team is keen to build on their last couple of good results.

“They [Palace] have got some really threatening players and some good attacking options and will be really keen to get their season started," the England left-back stated.

“But, we are equally as keen to build on our last couple of good results. Particularly in the league, it is important we get our form going.”

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