Roberto Martínez rejects Andy Gray’s claim that Everton are too soft

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Roberto Martínez has rejected claims that Everton have become too soft under his tenure as he heads to Hull City seeking to halt a damaging run of form.

Everton have lost as many games this season as in the whole of Martínez’s first term in charge, eight, and conceded 31 goals after 19 league matches compared with 39 in 38 matches last time. Their last two away fixtures, a 3-0 defeat at Southampton and a 3-2 reverse at Newcastle United, was the first time Everton have conceded at least three goals in two successive away games since May 2005.

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