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Martinez - We deserved late luck

Seamus Coleman celebrates his match-winner. Photo: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

By Andy Hampson

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admitted his team may have got lucky with their last-gasp winner against Cardiff - but had no doubt victory was deserved.

Seamus Coleman condemned the relegation-threatened Bluebirds to a heart-breaking 2-1 loss at Goodison Park when his mishit shot in injury-time beat the outstanding David Marshall.

Marshall had earlier repelled Everton with a string of fine saves and it took a deflected Gerard Deulofeu strike to finally beat him just before the hour.

Even then his heroics might still have earned a worthy Barclays Premier League point after Juan Cala bundled in a scrappy equaliser.

Martinez said: "It was a really intense game, Cardiff were very, very good.

"David Marshall in goal was phenomenal, as good an individual performance as you are going to see from a goalkeeper.

"Once we scored that first goal but let Cardiff back in - that was a very difficult moment.

"It became a very difficult test for us and I was pleased that we never panicked and did the right things.

"You can say you get a bit lucky when you score the winner so, so late, but it was down to having that control and patience.

"I did think we deserved the three points but I thought Cardiff deserved huge, huge credit.

"It was a very good performance and a little bit harsh for them to feel what they are going to be feeling.

"You tend to see everything levels up in the course of a season and I hope Cardiff can get many points between now and the end of the season."