Martinez praises character of his Everton team
Martinez pleased with reaction

Everton manager Roberto Martinez spoke of his satisfaction at how his struggling side reacted from their recent form with a draw against Manchester City today.

Everton had lost their last four consecutive league games, until today, when Steven Naismith's late equaliser cancelled out City's opener from Fernandinho, meaning the champions fall two points behind the league leaders Chelsea.

Martinez was relatively pleased with how his side had kept their heads up until the final whistle to get a positive result today.

"The first goal would have been very important today for us as the home team, but, once Man City scored, we upped the tempo and we looked really threatening while defending really, really well.

"I felt the reaction and the character we showed after going behind was special.

"I think the reaction we had on Tuesday and the reaction we had today shows the personality and the character of the group - and that is a perfect platform to build on for the second half of the season."

The result moves the Toffees up to 12th place.