Everton boss Roberto Martinez hails Gerard Deulofeu after Stoke win
Everton boss Roberto Martinez was full of praise for Gerard Deulofeu following his display in the 4-0 win over Stoke.
Last Updated: 01/12/13 9:14am
Deulofeu marked his first Premier League start for Everton with the opening goal to set his side on their way to their biggest victory of the season.
Second-half goals from Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku sealed a dominant display from Everton to send them fourth in the table.
Barcelona loanee Deulofeu was the star of the show for Everton and Martinez admits he has been surprised how quickly the young Spaniard has adapted to playing in the Premier League.
"He is showing he is ready, that he is ready to help the team," Martinez told Sky Sports.
"He surprised me how quickly he has got used to the tempo and physicality of our league as it is not the same to play in the team he was playing in before and I have been very pleased with him.
"He worked really hard and now he shows he is ready to give you that little bit of quality that we all know he has, but more importantly I think he is a mature footballer that understands what the team needs.
"Overall it was a very pleasing performance from Gerard."
Martinez was delighted with his side's display as they showed no adverse reaction from their efforts in last weekend's Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
"You are always a little bit wary of playing back-to-back home games," added Martinez.
"It is difficult to maintain that intensity when you come after a derby as it was the previous Saturday. It can be a dangerous position to get easily frustrated to allow the organisation of Stoke to be a strong point in the game, but I thought we overcame that.
"I thought we controlled the game well, we stopped Stoke from being a real threat and slowly we grew into the game and we created more and more opportunities and overall a very pleasing performance.
"I think in football it is fair to say there are no easy games, you are always going to play against teams that are well set-up.
"Stoke have been very tough to beat, they are difficult to play against.
"We respected Stoke a lot, but what pleased me was the players that came into the team were full of excitement and full of desire to perform well and that is really, really pleasing when that happens."