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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

Tuesday 3 May

Monday 2 May

23:47
23:40
23:40
23:34
23:28
23:18
23:07
22:55
22:42
22:30
21:21
20:45
20:31
19:57
19:46
19:38
19:04
18:12
17:59
17:58
17:43
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16:22
16:09
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14:57
14:14
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09:00
09:00
07:53
07:34
07:19
07:07
06:08
05:04
04:36
03:14
02:57
01:46
01:45
01:43

Sunday 1 May

23:50
23:21
22:43
22:43
21:20
21:00
20:27
20:20
20:17
19:28
19:24
19:23
19:11
18:50
18:45
18:06
17:56
17:42
17:37
17:36
17:36
17:20
17:01
16:59
16:25
16:03
16:00
15:49
15:42
15:30
15:24
14:53
14:49
14:25
13:49
13:26
13:14
13:12
12:57
12:38
12:04
11:04
10:22
08:14
07:16
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06:10
06:10
05:52
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03:24
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01:11
00:36
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00:29
00:18
00:09

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 36 +30 77
2 36 +39 70
3 36 +25 67
4 36 +30 64
5 35 +12 60
6 35 +17 59
7 36 +14 57
8 35 +11 55
9 35 +7 48
10 36 -14 48
11 35 +6 44
12 35 -6 44
13 36 -13 43
14 36 -14 41
15 36 -20 41
16 36 -10 39
17 36 -25 33
18 35 -18 32
19 35 -26 31
20 36 -45 16

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