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Capital One Cup: Roberto Martinez keeping cool in Everton's trophy bid

By Liam Blackburn

Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not believe his side's chances of winning the Capital One Cup have been enhanced by the elimination of some big names.

While Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea all came unstuck on their travels at Sheffield Wednesday, Hull and Stoke respectively, Martinez's Toffees sealed their quarter-final spot with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out success over Norwich at Goodison Park.

That ensured Everton would be in the last eight of the League Cup for just the second time in 28 years as they bid to end a trophy drought that has lasted since the 1995 FA Cup success.

However, Martinez was keen to downplay the impact of other clubs' exits.

"Unfortunately, no, it doesn't work like that," he said.

"We're delighted we are where we are. But there's still a long, long way to get into a position to think that you can win a trophy.

"All the ingredients you need to be a winning team have been tested in this competition.

"From resiliency, strength of character, never giving up, finding that chemistry between the players, pushing yourself to the limit and then being able to control big moments. There's been more than just good football.

"It's been a competition that has built a very strong platform within the dressing room and it's developed good relationships."

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