“Disaster” for Everton in Merseyside Derby: “We didn’t lay a glove on them”

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Everton was clobbered in Wednesday’s Merseyside Derby at Anfield, and it can’t be laid at the feet of Ramiro Funes Mori‘s second-half red crd.

No, James Milner and Liverpool had engineered a 2-0 lead by that point and didn’t look like a team that was going to be giving it back.

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The 4-0 loss is not going to do much for Roberto Martinez’s red-hot manager’s seat at Goodison Park, and the Spaniard knows it was about as bad as these things get.

Martinez: “It was a disaster. A horrible showing that started with the best intentions but ended up with the inability to get the basics right. We forgot to defend the box and gave them a soft two-goal lead. We got emotional with the red card and from then on Gareth Barry was injured and John Stones was ill, it was a chain reaction. A disaster. An impossible experience.”

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry didn’t deny that Wednesday’s loss was bad in every way, but says the club has to instantly turn the page to Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal with Manchester United.

Barry: “It’s a derby defeat which are always tough to take, especially so convincing. There’s always another game and we are lucky that it’s a big one. We have to focus on the game on Saturday. We didn’t lay a glove on them in the second half.”

Martinez may not have a long time left in the manager’s chair at Goodison Park, but that time could dip to zero if the Toffees are bounced from the Cup at home on Saturday.