After matching Manchester City, Roberto Martinez believes Everton on the mend

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The Toffees have ended their poor run. ‘Bobby Brown shoes’ will be able to relax with a nice bottle of rioja tonight for the first time in a long time.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday, Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes his side are getting back to their best after a frustrating first half of the 2014-15 season.

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This time last season Everton, were battling for a top four spot but now they are entrenched in midtable and are just three points off the bottom three.

Regardless, Martinez believes they are heading in the right direction.

“You always feel that the first goal as the home team was essential, even though the reaction we had after going behind was probably the most pleasing aspect from the whole performance. On the ball we are slowly getting back to the level we know we have but when you are in the middle of bad results that character and personality was vital to get that positive result.

“To get a draw against a team with confidence and that run of results is a positive in the manner that we achieved it. The way to talk is on the pitch and we have seen in the last two games a really strong group of players.”

After a tough time in recent weeks, Everton now face West Brom and Crystal Palace in their next two PL games before they host Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Feb. 7. By the time that derby comes around, Martinez will hope his side will be well clear of danger after plenty of promising signs against the reigning champions.