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Martinez in awe of Lukaku

23 September 2013 15:49

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was full of praise for debutant Romelu Lukaku after he netted the winner against West Ham on Saturday.

The deadline-day loan signing from Chelsea made an eventful first appearance for his new club, coming off the bench to score the decisive goal in the 85th minute - injuring himself in the process, and admitting afterwards that he could not recall his match-winning header.

But he certainly made an impression on Martinez, who saw Leighton Baines fire in two superb free-kicks in the 3-2 victory but saved his warmest praise for the 20-year-old Lukaku.

"Believe me, I have worked with him for three weeks, and I don't see a weakness," he said, in quotes reported by the Liverpool Echo. "It is an exciting feeling to get a player like that in the dressing room.

"I was delighted with the instant impact he had, but not just in his play.

"He's a thinker, a real knowledgeable man.

"He speaks six languages, and is someone who looks at games in a very different way. He's like a manager in the way he looks at games.

"He looks at where the movement is, where the space is, and I have been very surprised at that side of him.

"And he has that at 20! He will speak about games that he has seen, and different moves. It's not a normal conversation that you would have with a 20-year-old footballer, believe me!"

The Belgium international will now hope to add to his tally against Fulham in the League Cup on Tuesday after passing a medical assessment following his clash of heads with Joey O'Brien at Upton Park.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
21 September 2013
Game week
5
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Boleyn Ground (London)
Attendance
34952

Goals

R. Morrison 31'
(assist by M. Jarvis) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
M. Noble (PG) 76'  
2 - 1
2 - 2
2 - 3
85' R. Lukaku
 (assist by K. Mirallas)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
17
19 61'
8
2
4
16 68' 76' 81'
7
21
15 31' 37'
11
Coach: S. Allardyce

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
30
12
14
3
5
10
13
# Player Bookings
16
17 85'
8
1
5
10
26

Wednesday 22 February

13:43
13:15
12:40
12:36
12:20
12:08
12:00
11:31
11:17
10:57
10:40
09:38
08:56
07:33
06:43
06:39
06:26
04:44
03:02
01:56
01:51
01:05
00:38
00:24
00:19
00:00

Tuesday 21 February

23:51
23:44
23:43
23:36
23:33
23:19
22:51
22:46
21:29
21:24
21:07
20:41
20:36
19:54
19:09
18:58
18:35
18:24
18:00
17:57
17:40
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16:54
16:46
15:53
14:41
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14:21
13:37
12:51
12:15
11:09
09:55
09:32
07:32
06:11
03:59
02:47
02:30
01:36
00:51
00:34
00:15
00:04

Monday 20 February

23:06
22:24
21:30
20:08
20:03
19:36
19:34
19:09
18:55
18:52
18:17
17:42
17:18
17:04
16:52
16:42
16:31
16:14
16:03
15:46
15:24
15:17
14:43
14:31
14:06
13:50
13:38
13:09
12:54
12:39
12:30
11:42
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11:02
10:40
08:51
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01:27
01:04
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 25 +34 60
2 25 +22 52
3 25 +28 50
4 25 +26 50
5 25 +24 49
6 25 +17 48
7 25 +13 41
8 25 +3 37
9 25 -6 32
10 25 -9 32
11 25 -3 30
12 25 -9 30
13 25 -13 30
14 25 -14 26
15 25 -23 24
16 25 -8 22
17 25 -19 21
18 25 -27 20
19 25 -14 19
20 25 -22 19

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