Belfast Telegraph

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects Bournemouth to continue making strides

Roberto Martinez believes Bournemouth will continue to improve as the season progresses but refused to say whether he expects them to stay up.

The Everton manager watched Bournemouth recover from trailing 2-0 and 3-2 down to his talented team to secure a 3-3 draw and a valuable point on Saturday.

Martinez's team had taken the lead through goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku. After Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas scored to level the game at 2-2, Ross Barkley again put Everton ahead in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Incredibly, three minutes later, Stanislas equalised again to secure a 3-3 draw.

The point continued an improved recent run for the Cherries. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has previously spoken of his admiration for Martinez's philosophy and the team he built at Wigan, which repeatedly escaped relegation after impressive finishes to the season.

Martinez was asked if Howe's team reminded him of the one he worked with until 2013, and the Spaniard said: "The mentality, or the footballing philosophy, of wanting to be on the ball, wanting to score goals, wanting to win games, from that mindset there are similarities.

"If you've got goals in your side you've always got opportunities to win football games, and from that point of view there are similarities, but every team is very, very different.

"It's very early in the season (to say if Bournemouth will stay up). I don't see anyone fighting relegation just yet, in November."

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