The FA Cup may have provided a break from Premier League action but given the Toffees had to face a high flying West Ham United side, it was going to be one hell of a challenge.
The chance to rest players was simply not on the cards and unless Martinez wanted to see his side out of the competition, his players simply had to give it their all.
Whilst things may not have gone exactly to plan, the Merseyside club are still in the mix – for now, and here are five things we noticed from their display.
Click on Ross Barkley to see what we learnt from Everton’s late equaliser and their overall performance against the Hammers.
Everton fans. Would you be happy winning a cup this season and having a poor time of it in the league? Let us know your thoughts below, become a guest blogger or tweet us @LaFootyettes.