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Everton paid price for United win in Villa loss - Martinez

Roberto Martinez believes the elation Everton felt after beating Manchester United cost them in Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa.

Everton thumped United 3-0 at Goodison Park last weekend, but were particularly underwhelming against Tim Sherwood's resurgent side, with a Christian Benteke brace helping Villa into a 2-0 lead.

Romelu Lukaku scored from the penalty spot in the second-half, but Tom Cleverley's second-half strike proved decisive for Villa, rendering Phil Jagielka's injury-time goal a mere consolation.

And Martinez bemoaned his side's failure to match the intensity that saw them thrash Louis van Gaal's men.

"The intensity we had in our last game against Manchester United maybe made it difficult to start at the same level," he said.

"I was a little bit worried about exactly what happened, of coming here and not having the stimulation after having such a big performance and result and atmosphere at Goodison last weekend.

"Sometimes it can be difficult away from home. I thought having fresh legs and players would bring something to the side and it would help us.

"It wasn't the case and we got heavily damaged defensively. You're not going to be perfect every game."

Martinez was happy with his team's response after the break, but concedes that the first-half display left Everton with too much to do.

The Spaniard added: "First half we were second best in everything we did even in the way we kicked the ball, reacted to second balls, defended with poor intensity in our box.

"Villa were the best side in first half, we were better side in second half, but we couldn't get through the poor period without being too damaged."