FA Cup Special: Q&A with an Everton fan

Bryan Oviedo

Bryan Oviedo - Credit: Archant

Toffees players are enjoying this season under Roberto Martinez, says supporter Phil Dawson

Q. Can you sum up Everton so far this season?

A. In a word ‘enjoyable’. Our style of play is more attacking and it is clear the players are enjoying playing more than ever this season. I think we have a genuine chance of achieving European football next season.

Q. What impact has Roberto Martinez had?

A. Obviously it is still early days but Martinez has mainly changed the whole attitude of the club with his positive outlook. You get the feeling that he genuinely believes in his players and what they could achieve. In fairness Moyes left him with a decent squad and our points total now is not that many more than where we were at this stage last season but through his positive press conferences, excellent acquisitions and more attacking style there just seems more belief all round at the moment.

Q. What has the pairing of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley brought to the team?

A. Lukaku is clearly an excellent player but I really believe that Barkley is the dominant factor. In the third round he played with Nikica Jelavic and still scored one and made one. Having said that I think Lukaku causes opposition defenders so many headaches with his strength, intelligent running and goal threat that he does free up space that Barkely is able to consistently exploit.

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Q. Which players should Stevenage watch out for?

A. For me it will possibly be Brian Oviedo who has been a revelation this season. He has been getting better and better since he came to the club but his performances this season have reached a new level.

Q. What sort of team will Martinez put out?

A. Everton were lucky to beat Stevenage in the Capital One cup earlier in the season and they put out a strong team for that game. I think we will again see Martinez field a strongish side but with the Merseyside derby only three days later I suspect some key players, particularly midfielders and full-backs that do a lot of running, will be rested.