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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
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Friday 27 February

Thursday 26 February

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23:05
22:54
22:32
22:17
22:08
21:26
21:00
20:56
19:03
18:49
18:43
18:35
18:16
17:55
17:47
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15:48
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15:38
15:29
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12:27
11:49
11:37
10:29
10:12
10:07
09:29
05:56
04:48
04:31
04:22
03:01
02:29
01:16
01:13
00:10

Wednesday 25 February

23:53
23:43
23:35
23:25
23:17
23:13
22:59
22:56
22:40
21:40
21:04
20:58
20:32
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 26 +34 60
2 26 +31 55
3 26 +20 48
4 26 +18 47
5 26 +19 46
6 26 +9 45
7 26 +5 44
8 26 +8 39
9 26 -4 37
10 26 -4 36
11 26 -11 32
12 26 -4 28
13 26 -9 27
14 26 -10 27
15 26 -10 26
16 26 -14 25
17 26 -18 22
18 26 -19 22
19 26 -23 22
20 26 -18 18

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