Martinez denied win in landmark match by former club


Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez was unable to celebrate his 200th Premier League game as a manager with a win on Saturday as Everton were held 0-0 by 10-man, Swansea the club that gave him his first managerial post in 2007.

The 41-year-old Spaniard, who took Swansea into the Championship before moving on to Wigan and then Everton in the summer of 2013, threw on record signing, Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku, who was returning from injury, late on to try and make it three wins in a row.

However, he was unable to prevent Everton going goalless for the first time this season in the Premier League — Chelsea are the only side now to have scored in every game — and continued their worrying form at home which has seen them win just once in five Premier League matches this term.

This despite Swansea playing the last 18 minutes with just 10 men after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Everton took 15 minutes to take a hold of the game but despite their best efforts they were unable to convert their dominance into goals.

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Leighton Baines went close with a freekick while former England midfielder Gareth Barry should have done better with a chance he was presented with but his shot was easily saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Swansea felt hard done by when their appeals for a penalty for handball by Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz, blocking Shelvey’s goalbound effort, fell on deaf ears as referee Kevin Friend waved them aside.

Alcaraz, a faithful servant of Martinez who played under him at Wigan, had to go off injured later in the half and Barry’s ability to play in several different positions saw him move into central defence.

Shelvey’s eventful match saw him let a good chance of breaking the deadlock go begging before the former Liverpool midfielder’s game finished ahead of schedule when Friend sent him off.

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