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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

Saturday 13 February

17:58
17:58
17:54
17:24
17:19
17:05
16:39
16:33
15:42
15:19
15:11
14:44
14:16
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09:51
09:41
07:08
05:34
05:28
03:53
03:01
01:57
01:56
01:50
01:40
00:48

Friday 12 February

23:53
23:39
23:18
23:09
22:53
22:52
22:45
22:33
22:18
21:31
21:10
20:54
20:10
19:47
19:26
19:00
18:37
18:24
18:10
17:49
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16:59
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12:58
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09:32
09:07
07:43
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04:34
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00:59
00:14

Thursday 11 February

23:55
23:47
23:23
22:35
21:49
21:42
21:21
21:16
21:06
20:39
20:28
19:46
19:32
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18:55
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18:40
18:34
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13:17
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12:22
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12:12
11:54
11:49
11:43
11:13
09:56
09:29
08:56
07:33
06:58
06:29
05:03
04:44
04:03
03:36
02:54
02:30
02:05
01:27
01:02
00:57
00:40
00:39
00:29
00:25
00:15

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 25 +20 53
2 25 +26 48
3 25 +17 48
4 25 +21 47
5 26 +9 41
6 26 +10 40
7 26 +9 40
8 26 +1 36
9 26 -5 36
10 26 +11 35
11 25 -4 35
12 26 -5 32
13 26 -8 32
14 25 -2 30
15 26 -14 28
16 26 -10 27
17 25 -18 24
18 26 -20 24
19 26 -18 23
20 25 -20 16

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