The win was only Everton’s fifth at home in the Premier League this season, and their first win in eight games in all competitions.
“Football is a game full of passion and emotions and I understand what comes when you have not won enough games,” Martinez added.
“I can understand we have been through a very painful time but we had high hopes; we wanted to get into the FA Cup final and we have had eight league defeats at home.
“I cannot hide that it is a real disappointment for all of us, not just me. We want to learn from the mistakes.
“My intention is to win football games and to be successful and that doesn’t change.”
‘Fans were determined to have their voices heard’
Martin Fisher, Match of the Day’s commentator at Goodison Park on Saturday, witnessed the protests after the match.
“During the game I didn’t see any anti-Martinez banners, nor did I hear any negative chants aimed at the manager by the fans. There were muted boos on the half-time whistle and a few grumbles during play but overall I was struck by the silence around the ground and that in itself probably spoke volumes.
“It was only after the final whistle that banners were revealed. There were probably about a dozen. Some were on bedsheets, others on printed cards.
“It was a peaceful demonstration but interestingly the PA system blared out loud music for about an hour to drown out any chants. The fans stayed – determined to have their voices heard – and when I left Goodison I could hear the chant ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ being sung with some gusto.”
They are second from bottom and two points adrift of Newcastle, who moved out of the bottom three thanks to their win over Palace.
Arsenal fans divided
Wenger and his players had been warned there would be a toxic atmosphere at the Emirates, and protests calling for the end of the Frenchman’s 20-year tenure began outside the stadium.
Fans from the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, the Black Scarf Movement and Red Action handed out posters with the message of ‘time for a change’ and some fans held them up after 12 and 78 minutes – 12 being the number of years the club has gone without winning the league.
Various banners were held up; one saying ‘Wenger – 12 years of excuses, Ranieri – 9 months, champions’ in reference to Leicester’s march towards the league title.
That, combined with a smattering of empty seats, emphasised the feelings of those who have tired of their team’s failure to challenge for the title this last decade.
Stoking the flames this week were Wenger’s pre-match comments – that fans had gone “overboard” with their criticisms, and that his team had played in “a very difficult climate” at home over recent months, contributing to their failure in the league.
In a divided stadium, there were those who supported their manager, singing “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” in response to the 12th-minute outcry. They would point to the six FA Cups, three league titles and 18 consecutive seasons of Champions League football the club have enjoyed under Wenger.
And victory over Norwich moved them to third in the table, three points above Manchester City, and a step closer to securing another season in Europe’s elite cup competition.
Arsenal lacking inspiration
There was little to unite the factions as the first half played out like the majority of Arsenal’s games this year: plenty of possession, but little bite.
For the fourth time in their last nine home league games, Wenger’s men failed to conjure a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
At the other end of the pitch, and despite the visitors having just 30% of possession, Cech twice stopped Redmond from scoring, while a third effort from the striker before the break bounced a fraction wide.
It was the 56th-minute introduction of Welbeck that turned the match in Arsenal’s favour. The striker gave his team much-needed spark and, within three minutes of coming on, he placed Olivier Giroud’s well-directed header into the bottom-left corner. Welbeck’s goal came from his team’s first shot on target.
They had been written off by pundits and even some of their fans had stopped believing but, on a sunny spring day at St James’ Park, Newcastle provided another twist in this fascinating Premier League season.
Until the second half it had been an error-ridden display by the Magpies, whose midfield were overrun by their Palace counterparts.
However, as they have in recent matches, Newcastle improved tenfold after the break and it was their January signing Townsend who caused the ground to erupt in the 58th minute when he cracked home a stunning free-kick from the right.
It was his fourth in 11 games for his new team – more than the three in 50 he managed for Tottenham.
Third-choice keeper saves the day
As if matters on the pitch have not been bad enough, Newcastle have also been very unlucky with injuries to their goalkeepers this campaign.
Both Tim Krul, in October, and then Rob Elliot, in March, were ruled out for the season which handed 25-year-old Darlow a chance in between the sticks.
Like team-mate and another former Forest player, Jamaal Lascelles, he has grasped the opportunity and understood the perilous situation like a seasoned professional.
Against Palace, he pulled off arguably the most important save of his career when he dived to his left to block ex-Magpie Cabaye’s 70th-minute spot-kick after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for handball.
He also looked assured in the final moments as Palace flung in balls in a desperate attempt to get something from this encounter.
Palace in no-man’s land
Palace are highly unlikely to go down, but Alan Pardew’s side are making hard work of reaching that 40-point mark.
They were largely untroubled in the first half, but their insistence on slowing the tempo not only riled the home fans but also meant they under-utilised the pace they possessed in attack, which is their key weapon.
The FA Cup finalists have another big Wembley day out to look forward to in May, but as a top-flight side?
Man of the match – Karl Darlow
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez:
“We still have to play another two games. We will enjoy this weekend because we won and then we will focus on the next one against Aston Villa, which will be a tough one.
“The victory means a lot – it gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans.
“Hopefully it will be the same against Tottenham when we can avoid relegation and everyone will be happy.
“The free-kick was fantastic and the penalty save. I was really pleased for them. Hopefully Karl does not need to save any more until the end of the season.”
Palace boss Alan Pardew:
“For long periods we looked in control of the game, especially in the first half.
“They had a good spell in the second half. The crowd got involved and they scored right at the end of that period. We needed to score and we didn’t. The game came down to two set-plays and that is the margin we are at.
“This was a tight game. Rafa has improved Newcastle in terms of the defensive structure. It is difficult to get at them and they have edged a win here.
“I thought the reception I got was muted, which was nice. A lot of people understand that I managed here to the best of my ability and we had some good times that I lean on.”
The stats you need to know
Newcastle have gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League for the first time since October-November 2014.
The Eagles haven’t won a Premier League away game since 19 December 2015 – they have picked up just five points in 10 road trips since.
Six of Townsend’s nine Premier League goals have been scored from outside the box.
Palace have conceded in each of their past nine Premier League games on the road.
Cabaye had scored his previous four penalties in the Premier League before today’s miss v Newcastle.
Newcastle are at relegated Aston Villa next Saturday and Palace have a home game against Stoke.