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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

Sunday 25 September

21:00
20:57
20:43
20:36
20:34
20:26
20:00
19:25
19:01
18:53
18:42
18:25
18:15
18:15
18:03
17:44
17:38
17:04
17:01
16:48
16:26
16:19
15:41
14:53
14:34
14:22
13:37
13:27
13:04
12:14
11:46
11:34
10:44
10:03
06:41
05:08
03:46
03:40
03:38
01:07
00:32

Saturday 24 September

23:45
22:47
22:43
22:29
22:21
21:49
21:42
21:19
21:17
21:10
21:03
20:45
20:24
20:22
20:04
20:03
20:02
19:57
19:51
19:51
19:35
19:34
19:20
19:18
19:16
19:03
19:02
18:55
18:55
18:36
18:13
18:12
18:07
17:57
17:56
17:55
17:53
17:42
16:53
16:44
16:25
15:52
15:48
15:29
15:23
14:44
14:32
13:43
13:22
12:44
12:29
11:38
10:51
10:03
06:42
05:19
04:47
04:36
03:46
03:21
01:43
01:03
00:37
00:29
00:28
00:21
00:13

Friday 23 September

23:55
23:30
23:30
22:50
22:26
22:08
21:25
20:04
19:32
19:00
18:52
18:43
18:27
18:02
18:00
17:53
17:29
17:27
17:26
17:10
17:03
16:56
16:07
15:47
15:31
15:23
15:05
15:04
14:50
14:46
14:33
14:26
14:15
14:06
14:01
13:55
13:48
13:42
12:46
12:27
12:26
12:26
12:16
12:13
12:04
12:03
11:57
11:05
10:41
10:40
09:56
07:14
06:22
04:23
03:57
03:23
02:37
01:39
00:26
00:00

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 6 +13 18
2 6 +7 14
3 6 +8 13
4 6 +7 13
5 6 +6 13
6 6 +5 12
7 6 +3 10
8 6 +1 10
9 6 +1 8
10 6 +1 8
11 5 +1 7
12 6 -3 7
13 6 -5 7
14 6 -5 7
15 6 -3 5
16 6 -5 4
17 5 -5 4
18 6 -9 3
19 6 -11 2
20 6 -7 1

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