Martinez hails Coleman’s “arrogance”

Everton's Seamus Coleman and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool.
Everton's Seamus Coleman and Arsenal's Lukas Podolski battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the footballing arrogance of Seamus Coleman as the Merseysiders moved to fourth place in the Premier League.

The Goodison Park side enjoyed an excellent 3-0 win over Arsenal last Sunday week and continued their push for a place in next season’s Champions League with a narrow 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Wes Brown’s own goal 15 minutes from time guaranteed the points for Martinez’s team.

Coleman had a decent afternoon at right-back and his side are back in action on Wednesday night when they welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park.

Saturday’s win means Everton are now two points ahead of Arsenal in fourth place with five fixtures apiece to play.

Martinez was speaking of Coleman following their win over Arsenal.

As well as helping his team to a clean sheet, the Killybegs native produced a couple of instances of audacious skill.

At one stage the 25-year-old emerged from the Everton defence, having won a defensive header, soloing the ball on his right foot and left. The former Sligo Rovers defender also produced an impish turn - similar to the Cryuff turn in the 1974 World Cup by Dutch legen Johan Cruyff to outmanoeuvre Santi Cazorla.

“It’s that good arrogance – the footballing arrogance,” siad Martinez. “You can’t teach that. Seamus has had that for a long, long time – being able to express himself like that on top of all his duties and the responsible things he has to do for the team.

Coleman has come a long way since helping his local St Catherine’s side to the Donegal League Premier Division title as a raw teenager eight years ago this week.

“Seamus is a good example of a footballer with an incredible attitude and appetite for the game. He grows month by month. He’s one of the best full-backs in world football,” Martinez added.

“I haven’t done anything to coax that out of him per se. He knows his potential. He plays in a demanding position which requires you to be so good in many areas. Seamus has got all the attributes so it’s just a case of carrying on making the right decisions week in, week out and performing like he has.”

Everton have now won six Premier League outings on the bounce.

After Palace, they welcome Manchester United, visit Southampton, are home to Manchester City and travel to Hull City, who yesterday confirmed an FA Cup final place.