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Exclusive: Nigel Martyn's view on why Everton's recent home form has been so poor

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Everton’s home form has been patchy all season and seems to have worsened since the turn of the year.

Another chance was missed to make up ground in the race for the European spots on Monday night with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

After that game between two of his old clubs, we spoke to Nigel Martyn and asked him why he thinks Everton’s home results have been so poor.

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“They’ve just not been clinical enough,” said Martyn. “You’ve got to get that first goal – Everton only really go on to win the game once they’ve scored first.

“Teams must come to Goodison and think if you hang in for the first 20 minutes against Everton, you’re going to get opportunities.

“That was proved right again on Monday night. It’s happened all season. It’s been a big step from struggling a season or two ago – there’s been a step forward but another step needs to be made if you’re serious about really competing at that level.

“I don’t think it’s the strongest Premier League we’ve ever had and the top sides are struggling a bit bar Man City and that’s why Everton are pushing for the top four.

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“So this is a really good chance this season to do something and you have to make the most of that.”

Martyn’s final point there hits on a reason why Monday’s result was so frustrating.

This season provides an almost unique opportunity for Everton to qualify for Europe.

Even if their home form was just slightly better, they’d be in the top four now. If it was as good as their away form, they’d likely be second or third.

But as it stands, a huge opportunity looks set to pass by and it’s largely because of the results and performances on their own patch.

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