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Everton boss fears coming 'unstuck'

Roberto Martinez Credit: PA

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has admitted his side are heading into a make-or-break week as they bid to get their season back on track.

Martinez watched a mini-revival come to a juddering halt at Goodison Park as Yannick Bolasie inspired Crystal Palace to repeat last season's 3-2 win in the corresponding fixture.

Palace stormed back after Romelu Lukaku's early opener with goals from Mile Jedinak, Fraizer Campbell and Bolasie before a late Leighton Baines penalty set up a grandstand finish.

The defeat was a major blow for Martinez after successive wins over West Brom and Wolfsburg, and heightened the importance of Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to Swansea and next weekend's Merseyside derby.

We've got a really busy period and we want to make sure we take advantage of that.

"There is a real competition for places in the squad and it is clear we need everyone to be ready, and those games are going to vital to see how well we can progress.

– Roberto Martinez

Martinez admitted individual errors cost his side dear with goalkeeper Tim Howard at fault for allowing Campbell to head home Palace's second, before Leon Osman lost the ball to spark the move that resulted in Palace's third.

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Everton complete Atsu signing

Everton have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The Ghana international, 22, passed a medical on Wednesday and, having secured a work permit, will now be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener at Leicester City.

Atsu becomes the fourth summer addition at Goodison Park following the arrivals of Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku.

"I'm very happy to be joining Everton because it's a great club, which likes to play football, and it's a great pleasure to be here.

"Playing in the Premier League has always been a dream for me and I have achieved that dream."

– Christian Atsu, speaking to Everton TV
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