WATCH: Roberto Martinez emphasizes importance of win against West Brom


Thanks to Europa League, Everton is staring at seven games in 22 days, a challenge manager Roberto Martinez called an “incredible” and “exciting” experience for the club. First, however, the Toffees have to deal with West Bromwich Albion, with Saturday’s trip to The Hawthorns looming large in the face of the season’s winless start.

“On Saturday, we’ve got a really important game for both teams, because we both started in a similar manner …” Martinez said, with both teams carrying two points into Saturday’s kickoff. “The wishes that we have toward [West Brom manager] Alan [Irvine] and the thoughts that we have toward Alan will have to start on Sunday.”

Irvine, who played with the Toffees from 1981 to 1984, moved to West Brom this summer after three years on Everton’s technical staff. On Saturday, he’ll be looking for his first victory with the Baggies, one that would extend Everton’s winless run to four.

Highlights of Martinez’s Thursday media session are above.