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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

Saturday 7 May

Friday 6 May

23:58
23:30
23:30
22:26
21:09
20:31
19:43
19:18
18:11
17:58
17:54
17:51
17:34
17:33
17:25
17:11
17:05
16:52
16:45
16:23
15:55
15:37
15:23
15:04
15:00
14:58
14:56
14:25
14:24
13:43
13:27
13:20
13:19
13:12
13:11
12:57
12:22
12:14
11:31
11:08
10:07
10:04
09:14
08:47
07:27
06:59
06:38
06:37
04:55
04:16
03:37
03:36
03:05
02:20
01:31
01:29
01:01
00:53
00:35
00:32
00:24
00:07

Thursday 5 May

23:54
23:53
23:41
23:03
22:58
21:15
21:15
20:27
20:05
19:43
19:22
19:06
18:54
18:51
18:36
18:24
18:05
18:03
17:49
17:27
17:26
17:18
17:08
16:53
16:44
16:09
16:07
15:57
15:44
15:31
14:56
14:46
14:18
14:17
13:58
13:50
13:02
12:44
12:36
11:36
10:58
09:59
09:34
09:18
07:13
06:31
06:25
06:13
05:14
04:31
04:15
04:12
03:08
02:39
02:32
02:31
02:29
01:37
01:32
01:10
00:31
00:08
00:02
00:00

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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