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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 19 April

Saturday 18 April

23:42
23:27
23:16
22:48
22:44
22:36
22:06
21:57
21:53
21:38
21:35
21:30
21:26
21:15
21:10
21:07
20:57
20:54
20:48
20:36
20:30
20:28
20:24
20:19
20:16
20:11
20:01
20:00
19:50
19:45
19:32
19:32
19:30
19:23
19:23
19:23
19:16
18:58
18:54
18:04
18:02
18:01
17:56
17:56
17:34
17:20
15:47
13:55
13:24
12:18
11:11
10:23
10:08
08:53
06:14
05:30
04:09
03:26
03:06

Friday 17 April

23:58
23:50
23:28
22:45
22:34
22:30
21:02
20:22
18:50
18:48
17:57
17:30
17:16
17:03
16:46
16:46
16:38
16:04
15:46
15:36
15:16
14:58
14:37
14:33
14:29
14:21
14:11
13:55
13:49
13:43
13:36
13:23
13:22
13:02
12:33
12:17
11:57
11:52
11:18
10:59
10:35
09:09
08:28
07:32
07:25
07:02
05:26
03:37
03:12
02:47
02:38
01:26
01:06
01:00

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 32 +39 76
2 32 +31 66
3 33 +28 65
4 32 +31 61
5 32 +11 57
6 33 +21 56
7 32 +4 54
8 33 -4 47
9 33 -3 46
10 32 +2 43
11 33 -3 42
12 33 -2 41
13 33 -14 36
14 32 -18 35
15 33 -21 32
16 32 -23 29
17 32 -16 28
18 32 -17 28
19 33 -21 26
20 33 -25 26

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