Everton boss Roberto Martinez admitted that his side’s poor finishing was what kept them from remaining Britain’s only side left in Europe as they crashed out of the Europa League in spectacular style to Dynamo Kiev, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Toffees lost 5-2 on the night, and 6-4 on aggregate to the Ukrainian giants, and despite goals from Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jagielka on the night, Martinez said that the team’s finishing cost them a place in the next round.
“We always looked like a threat going forward and that we could score goals but the type of game it was, there were opportunities for both sides and our chances didn’t go in,” he said.
“A couple of times we made some defensive mistakes but there was also some incredible finishing from the opposition. Some of the goals, it would be difficult to see them again in the same game.
“It was a game between two teams who were clear in their attacking intent and both sides created a lot of chances. I agree there were instances when we could have defended better but there is not a lot you can do about goals that go right into the top corner.
“Ross (Barkley) was a real threat for us and back to a very good level. He hit the post twice and sometimes the margins are very small. The way the game unfolded, there were plenty of chances but the difference was the team that took most of their chances.”