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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

Friday 28 August

20:16
19:41
19:26
19:08
18:37
18:27
18:13
18:05
17:59
17:37
17:24
17:16
16:54
16:47
16:28
16:10
15:55
15:54
15:46
15:36
15:35
15:28
14:25
14:19
14:16
14:02
13:49
13:21
13:05
12:33
11:40
11:35
11:30
11:11
11:04
10:14
09:32
09:03
08:43
08:29
06:17
06:16
05:34
04:57
04:38
04:20
03:59
03:53
02:41
01:13
01:10
00:25
00:15
00:07

Thursday 27 August

23:54
23:39
22:50
22:35
22:07
21:36
20:56
20:49
20:37
20:09
19:48
19:46
19:27
19:20
19:12
19:03
18:58
18:52
18:21
17:33
17:19
17:04
17:01
16:47
16:34
16:23
16:14
16:10
16:00
15:27
14:44
14:29
14:08
13:28
12:42
11:48
11:30
10:59
10:57
10:44
10:07
08:41
06:52
06:10
05:13
04:43
02:59
02:54
01:59
01:32
01:27
00:48
00:16
00:11

Wednesday 26 August

23:27
23:23
23:01
22:35
21:07
19:54
19:46
19:17
18:38
18:16
18:05
17:46
17:40
15:55
15:42
14:22
13:43
13:20
11:53
11:21
11:07
10:54
09:54
09:52
08:58
07:46
06:34
06:05
05:49
04:47
04:16
04:13
03:23
03:19
02:38
02:36
02:35
02:02
01:51
01:27
01:26
00:26
00:24

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +8 9
2 3 +3 7
3 3 +2 7
4 3 +2 7
5 3 +2 6
6 3 +2 5
7 3 +1 4
8 3 +0 4
9 3 -1 4
10 3 -2 4
11 3 +0 3
12 3 +0 3
13 3 -1 3
14 3 -1 3
15 3 -1 2
16 3 -1 2
17 3 -2 2
18 3 -3 2
19 3 -4 1
20 3 -4 1

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