The Toffees have suffered back-to-back defeats to West Ham and Arsenal in the Premier League and the Spaniard says his players must improve to play in the FA Cup semi-final
Roberto Martinez has warned his Everton players that they must show immediate improvement or face missing out on the side's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Everton booked their spot in the final-four of the competition with a 2-0 win over Chelsea, courtesy of Romelu Lukaku's brace on March 12.
Martinez and Co. are set to face either Manchester United or West Ham in the semi-finals, pending the result of their quarter-final replay.
However, after back-to-back losses in the Premier League against the Hammers and Arsenal respectively, Martinez insists his players must improve or risk being left out of the starting XI at Wembley.
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"I know there’s been a lot of talk about the semi-final but every game is vitally important," said the Spaniard, whose side were beaten 2-0 by the Gunners at Goodison Park.
"Unless you can show you are a player to drive Everton forward, it will be difficult to see how you can stay in the side.
"We have got eight games to play for in the league. Every game has got an important meaning for different reasons individually and the players’ careers and as a team, and clearly we are not going to through any game with no meaning being at Everton.
"The competition for places is as good as it's ever been. The focus and the work has been terrific, that is why I couldn't see this performance coming. That is the most hurtful part of it."