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Champions League qualification the same as battling relegation, says Everton boss Martinez

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.

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.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

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Former Everton defender dies

Brown played 253 times for Everton. Credit: PA

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.

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