Roberto Martinez
Martinez watched his side rally in the second half but nevertheless slip to a second straight defeat.Getty Images

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has delivered a despite plea to the chairman Bill Kenwright by insisting he can help the current squad reach their potential despite missing out on a shot at silverware for a second time this season after a cruel FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United. Anthony Martial struck in the 93rd minute to send Louis van Gaal's side into their first final for nine years at the expense of the valiant Merseyiders.

Following a lacklustre first half display, which saw Marouane Fellaini give United the lead, The Toffees sprang into life after the break. David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku's penalty but Chris Smalling's goal set up a grand stand finale.

Gerard Delofeu and Lukaku both had chances to send Everton into their first final for seven years but United secured victory in the final minute of added-on time as Martial tucked past Robles. Despite suffering a second defining defeat in a week, having lost at Liverpool on Wednesday, Martinez believes he can deliver success at Goodison Park.

"I've been here three years at the football club and I have said from the start that Everton is a very special football club," he told reporters after the defeat to United. You can see today the fans, the way they represent the football club was terrific. Of course it hasn't been easy in bring silverware back to Goodison, but that is what I want. I took us into Europe, we have a record points tally in the league.

"In the second year we had some good experiences, in Europe we invested heavily in young players and bring young players into the squad. This season we felt had done by in the semi-final of the League Cup.

"We were denied coming to Wembley and we never stopped until we came back. We're developing and we are reaching certain signs that I feel we can please our fans and bring the silverware that they deserve. I have become so attached to the football club and to Everton and my ambition is exactly the same as the cub's ambition. Over the last three years we haven't invested any money.

"The squad has a great, great valuation. We have great young players and we develop young players really well who are share the drive that the club has which is to get into the Champions League and get into situations where we can bring silverware back to the football club. I will give everything I've got to fulfil those expectations."