Everton news

Mirallas enjoying Martinez connection

October 21, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Everton forward Kevin Mirallas has admitted that he finds it easier working under current manager Roberto Martinez to previous boss David Moyes.

Joy for the Everton faithful after Kevin Mirallas gave Everton an early advantage at home to Hull City.
GettyImagesMirallas scored his first league goal of the season against Hull.

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The Belgium international was credited with the opening goal and creating Steven Pienaar's win in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Hull to keep the Toffees in touch with the Premier League pace-setters.

Everton are seventh, four points behind leaders Arsenal, and Mirallas feels that he is thriving under the new manager thanks to a language connection -- as they both speak Spanish.

The 26-year-old is fluent in the language as his father is from Spain, and so can communicate freely with Martinez, who replaced Manchester United-bound David Moyes at Goodison Park in June.

"The major change for me is the language because I speak Spanish," Mirallas, brought to Everton by Moyes from Olympiacos in August 2012, told the Daily Mail.

"For me it is better, although I was very happy playing under David Moyes because he is a good manager. But Roberto is different because the Spanish style of playing football is different.

“It’s easier because I speak Spanish with him and I understand better. The Spanish style of football is my type of football and with Roberto it is very different.

“Every day I have spoken with him and it’s helped my confidence. I feel I am more consistent now and I am playing better and better.”

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