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 By PA Sport

Everton struggle vs. Leicester down to Europa League - Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez was disappointed with Everton's display against Leicester.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admitted his side did not play well in the 2-2 draw against Leicester, but said the display was a result of having performed in Europe just three days earlier.

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The Foxes looked set to register their fifth win of the season on Sunday when David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso put them 2-1 up after Steven Naismith had broken the deadlock.

However, with less than two minutes left Christian Atsu crossed for Romelu Lukaku, whose diving header flew past Mark Schwarzer after taking a huge deflection off Matthew Upson.

The Premier League clash followed on from Everton's 4-1 Europa League win against Young Boys on Thursday, and Martinez said told Sky Sports: "It's one of those performances that comes from playing in Europe. We looked a little pedestrian.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game. Scoring the first goal is always the hardest moment. Once we achieved that, we didn't control the play as well as we should have done.

"I don't think we defended the box well. The two goals were soft. When things are not going your way you create chances but can't convert them. But it's a fantastic sign to show the character we did to at least get a point out of the game.''

Everton's fans have not been slow to show their frustration at their side's struggles at Goodison Park this season, and it was no different on Sunday.

Martinez added: "We showed a little bit the responsibility we carry when we play football at Goodison. At times we can't really enjoy our role of trying to break teams down. The frustration shows through. It's something we need to get used to.''

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