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Martinez feels hard done by

Last Updated: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:55

Everton boss Roberto Martinez was frustrated with referee Lee Probert after Chelsea grabbed a late 1-0 win against his side.

It appeared two points would be dropped by Jose Mourinho's men as an entertaining contest looked likely to end goalless until Phil Jagielka was adjudged to have fouled Ramires in the left channel.

Frank Lampard's inswinging free-kick was glanced down by Branislav Ivanovic and captain John Terry, returning from a three-game absence with a gluteal muscle problem, slid in to score past Tim Howard and secure a 1-0 victory

Martinez suggested Chelsea were cute in winning set-pieces around the area.

"Ramires looks for the contact and if you watch the replay it's not a free-kick at all," the Spaniard said. "That happened with other incidents, four or five before that.

"It is very soft. (But) that happens in the game. I don't blame the referee at all.

"It's an incredible know-how, using every single trick in the book to get dangerous positions.

"We had to defend dead-ball situations well, but unfortunately in the 93rd minute they got a goal that I don't think reflects the performance.

"We defended really, really well. In that one, John Terry throws himself, brave and he gets the luck of the bounce and they score."

Everton were on top for periods in the match, especially in the first half, and Martinez maintained an optimistic outlook despite the loss.

He added: "We need to make sure that when we play well, when we deserve to get a positive result for the performance we do that.

"We came here, we showed that we can play eye-to-eye to the league leaders.

"The only disappointment is we couldn't hit the back of the net when we had a couple of good moments of control in the game."

Lacina Traore withdrew after feeling his hamstring in the warm-up, forcing a late change in tactics, with Steven Naismith replacing him.

"It was a blow, but I thought we were lucky it didn't happen in the game," Martinez added.

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