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Published: 10:52 | 18/2/16

Martinez to prioritise league

Roberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions that Everton need to win the FA Cup in order to save their season.

The Toffees have struggled in the Premier League and are currently 11th in the table, 12 points off the top four, but a good run of results could see them qualify for the Europa League.

Winning the FA Cup would guarantee Everton a place in Europe next season, but Martinez admits he will put the Premier League before the cup competition.

"We need to look at the league first, we have 36 points to fight for and we are not far from the European places, that is what we are going to fight for,” he said.

Fans have voiced their concern over the club’s form this year but Martinez does not agree with suggestions that his side need to win the FA Cup to salvage their season.

"I would not say we need to win [the Cup.] What we need is to qualify for European positions," Martinez told a news conference ahead of the club's fifth round tie at Bournemouth.

"It is impossible to tell until you get into the final third [how realistic that is]. We are an attacking team, have a great record in how we score goals. [We need to be] a little bit more focussed on the demands of the season.”

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