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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

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +32 81
2 38 +29 71
3 38 +34 70
4 38 +30 66
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +18 63
7 38 +14 62
8 38 +13 60
9 38 -14 51
10 38 +6 50
11 38 +4 47
12 38 -10 47
13 38 -10 45
14 38 -14 43
15 38 -12 42
16 38 -22 42
17 38 -14 39
18 38 -21 37
19 38 -28 34
20 38 -49 17

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