Roberto Martinez disappointed by negative Swansea City

Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits that he was disappointed to see Swansea abandon their adventurous brand of football in their Premier League stalemate.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hit out at Swansea City for their defensive tactics in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League.

The Toffees found themselves frustrated after comfortably boasting more attempts and possession than their Welsh counterparts, but Garry Monk's side - without a shot on target - held out for a point.

It was not the 'openly-contested game' that Martinez expected, and the Spaniard - who managed the Swans for two years - says that it was "disappointing" to see them abandon their adventurous brand of football.

"It's like when you go to the cinema to see a fantastic movie then you get let down a little," he told Sky Sports News.

"I thought two teams who are technically really very good and the control of the ball is always very good. The philosophy of the game is really similar so I expected an open contested games.

"It was disappointing to see them trying to run the clock down and take the tempo out of it and try to hit us on the counter but everyone is allowed to play the way they want."

Monk's side moved up to sixth in the Premier League table following the result, while Everton sit ninth.

Antolin Alcaraz of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on January 01, 2014
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