Manchester United coach Phil Neville feels Everton are starting to crack under the pressure of fighting for a top four spot
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Everton boss Roberto Martinez is reaping the rewards of daring to dream as he embarked upon the latest phase of his managerial career.
The 40-year-old Spaniard guided his club into the Premier League's top four on Saturday evening with a 1-0 win at Sunderland - their seventh in succession - to leave Arsenal in little doubt that their challenge for Champions League qualification is genuine.
– Everton manager Roberto Martinez
If you don't imagine it, you will never get there. I have never seen in football anyone achieve something that nobody had a bit of a dream or a bit of a vision about.
I always felt that this group of players, with the 10 players we have bought in the two windows, we created a squad that had a perfect balance of great bravery and talent and young ambition with a real know-how and experience, and I think that balance is reflected in (Saturday's) performance.
Compared to last Sunday, it was a complete contrast and to have that diversity in your squad is phenomenal.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has reached this stage of the season embroiled in a relegation battle in each of the last four years, but he insists the fact his focus has now flipped to the other end of the table makes no difference.
– Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
I think it is exactly the same, if I am completely honest.
It is being able to focus on the game itself, understanding the intensity and the focus you need in every action.
In every season, whatever you are playing for, it comes down to the final points you are playing for: whether it is for staying in the league, making the top four or winning the title it is exactly the same.
Looking back at other seasons with Wigan, we managed to get seven wins out of the last nine and that is the same intensity you need to have in any aim you are fighting for.
Former Everton defender Sandy Brown has died following a long illness, the club have announced. He was 75.
Brown made 253 appearances for the club from 1963-71 and featured in the 1969-70 First Division title-winning side.
Signed from Partick Thistle in September 1963, the Scot played a number of positions but was renowned for his toughness and ability to get forward from full-back.
He scored 11 goals for the club but also earned an unwanted place in local folklore with an infamous own goal in a 1969 Merseyside derby against Liverpool.