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Roberto Martinez under fire as Everton slide continues

Stoke 2 Everton 0

By Staff Reporter

Everton endured further Premier League misery as goals from Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

Moses headed home superbly in the 32nd minute before Diouf slotted in on the rebound six minutes from time after fellow substitute Marko Arnautovic hit the post to steer the Potters to a third straight win.

The Toffees, meanwhile, are now without a victory in five league games and they have won only once in their last 12, much to the dismay of their travelling fans.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said before the fixture that his side were not enjoying their Premier League campaign, and they may be worrying about the prospect of a relegation battle, lying only six points above the drop zone.

Moses brought the game to life around the half-hour mark, cutting in from the left and firing a powerful strike goalwards that Tim Howard managed to parry.

Two minutes later, the on-loan Chelsea winger had his fourth goal of the season, finding the space to expertly guide a header past Howard from Phil Bardsley's cross.

The Toffees struggled to drum up momentum and on the hour Martinez brought on Arouna Kone and Leon Osman.

Kone brought a save out of Begovic, but Stoke soon had control of the contest once more. Arnautovic and Diouf were brought on and the pair combined to wrap up the points for Stoke.

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