McCarthy credits revival to Martinez burst of fury

David Sneyd
February 2014
Mail on Sunday;2/ 9/2014, p79
JAMES McCARTHY has revealed how a dressing down by manager Roberto Martinez followed by a clear-the-air meeting among the Everton players helped to get them back on track after the 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool last month. The Toffees were blown away by their local rivals at Anfield before coming from behind to beat Aston Villa at Goodison Park in their next game. It leaves Martinez' men within touching distance of the Champions League places, but the Ireland midfielder says the Spaniard made plain his displeasure at the manner of the derby defeat at such a crucial point in the season. 'You (the media) don't see it but now and again, he'll lose it with us if he's not happy,' McCarthy said. 'Obviously he wasn't happy but everyone else at the club was really disappointed. He said his piece after the game and made us all aware how upset he was. Each and every one of us knew how much we had let the club down. 'We spoke the morning after the derby and said that we wanted to show it was a blip and get back to form as soon as possible. We wanted to put it right. 'It was good that we didn't have too long before having the chance to put it right against Aston Villa. We're going well and the gaffer told us to keep focused and not get carried away. We need to take the defeats on the chin and move forward. 'The boss tells us what was right and wrong and he asked the boys to speak up and they did. We weren't happy as a team and as individuals and we tried to address that on Saturday and we bounced back with a good result. We wanted to get three points on the board as soon as possible. We've done that now and can look forward [to Tottenham]. The Londoners were one of a host of clubs linked with a move for the 23- year-old following Wigan Athletic's relegation last season. In the end it never got beyond the discussion stage with White Hart Lane officials. 'There was a lot of talk in the summer but with the way things have worked out, I'm really happy to be here. My agent was doing the talking, he was speaking to clubs. 'Obviously he spoke to Everton and as soon as I heard that the gaffer wanted me I wanted to come here.'


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