Martinez demands consistency

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has issued his players with an ultimatum demanding consistency or risk being left out the squad for the remainder of the Premier League season.

The Toffees have lost two consecutive Premier League matches, after their 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup to progress into the semi-finals of the tournament.

The 42-year-old says his players need to forget about the match at Wembley and focus on doing well for the club in each and every game following their 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about the semi-final but every game is vitally important,” said Martinez. “Unless you can show you are a player to drive Everton forward, it will be difficult to see how you can stay in the side.

“We have got eight games to play for in the league. Every game has got an important meaning for different reasons individually and the players’ careers and as a team, and clearly we are not going through any game with no meaning being at Everton.

“The competition for places is as good as it’s ever been. The focus and the work has been terrific, that is why I couldn’t see this performance coming. That is the most hurtful part of it.”