Next Match: at home to Southampton, December 29
Everton's shock 1-0 home defeat by Sunderland will go down as a useful learning experience, according to their manager Roberto Martinez. Sunderland's winner came in the 25th minute via a penalty from on-loan Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, who had gone down in the box under a challenge from Tim Howard that earned the Toffees keeper a straight red card. Martinez felt both Howard and midfielder Leon Osman, who under-hit his back pass, were at fault for the goal. "We have very strong concepts for when a pass is on and what the decision will be when you receive the ball," Martinez said. "Both players probably got their decisions wrong. But they are two players who have been reliable throughout the season, winning us so many points, and we are going to learn from this. The real disappointment is that we were doubly punished, with a red card and a goal. But the referee was spot on - I think he made the correct decision."