Apr 12, 2014 at 3.07pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
0-1
Everton

Johnson (18'), Bardsley (54'), Larsson (88')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Brown (76')
Coleman (53'), Distin (90')

Roberto Martinez: "Performance full of character and personality"

Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and James McCarthy of Everton celebrate after Wes Brown of Sunderland scores an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 12, 2014
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez praises his side's "very pleasing" 1-0 win over Sunderland this afternoon.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that his side's 1-0 victory over Sunderland this afternoon was a "performance full of character and personality".

A Wes Brown own goal moved Everton into fourth place in the Premier League table, two points clear of FA Cup semi-finalists Arsenal.

"It was a difficult game and you could tell what was at stake for both teams," Martinez told BBC Sport.

"From our point of view, to keep a clean sheet in those circumstances was very pleasing and it was also important to take one of our chances too. It makes for a very satisfying performance full of character and personality.

"We came into this game on the back of a stylish win at home to Arsenal, but in this league you have to adapt quickly to playing different teams and doing what you have to do."

Everton host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Fabio Borini of Sunderland and Sylvain Distin of Everton compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 12, 2014
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