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Martinez: Moaning is pointless

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Roberto Martinez and Garry Monk are old friends. Credit: PA

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed in the wake of Swansea counterpart Garry Monk's recent comments on referees that there is no point moaning about decisions.

Martinez has also defended Professional Game Match Officials Limited general manager Mike Riley and the standard of refereeing in English football, describing it as "very strong".

I think it makes you feel better, but I don't think it gets you anything at all.

Football is a game of errors, and sometimes you get those errors in your favour or against you, and that is part of the game.

– Roberto Martinez

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Lukaku hails Eto'o after brace

Romelu Lukaku feels "blessed" to be working with strike partner Samuel Eto'o at Everton.

The Toffees pair both signed from Chelsea in the summer, but did not bring a ready-made partnership due to Lukaku spending the majority of last season on loan at Goodison.

He's a world class player. He's scored so many goals throughout his career and I've been blessed to be working with him.

I spend most of the time with him. I come in at the same time as he does, I leave at the same time. We do everything together on and off the pitch as well.

In training we have a finishing competition and the one who loses has to do sprints.

We see each other quite often. He comes to my house, I go to his house. I try to learn as much as I can from him and he tells me stories about how he worked when he was younger.

– Romelu Lukaku

Teams: Burnley v Everton

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EFC XI to face Burnley: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Coleman, Naismith, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Eto'o, Lukaku

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Bunch of stats: Everton score from the back

When Phil Jagielka converted Leighton Baines' pinpoint cross last Saturday, the only surprising aspect of the move was Baines providing via his right foot, rather than his favoured left.

Jagielka's opening goal against Aston Villa can be considered a trademark of Everton, and their third was taken from the same blueprint: Baines sending a low ball across goal from the left for his fellow full-back, Seamus Coleman, to hammer home. It was Coleman's second goal from his four starts this season and the fifth by an Everton defender in their eight matches so far.

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Coleman and Baines are formidable full-backs for Everton. Credit: PA Wire

No defender has scored more often since the start of last season than Coleman, whose eight goals - along with Baines' six - has seen the pair contribute 14 of the 18 goals scored by Everton's defence during that period, comfortably more than any other Premier League side.

No team can touch Martinez's men. With 24.3 per cent of the Toffees' goals scored by their defence, QPR's 12.5 per cent and West Brom's 11.8 per cent - the next highest contributions - don't even come close.

Stats via PA MatchStory

Exclusive and rare interview with Duncan Ferguson

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Big Dunc speaks to ITV Football. Credit: ITV

Everton legend Duncan Ferguson, who played up front for the club in two spells (1994-1998 and 2000-2006) and is now on Roberto Martinez's first-team coaching staff, gave a rare interview to ITV Sport ahead of the club's Europa League group match against Lille.

In this extract, Ferguson looks back on his first spell at Goodison Park, and comments on his famously no-nonsense attitude on the pitch.

Watch the interview on our Europa League site

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