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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 6 February

Friday 5 February

23:56
23:23
22:57
22:45
22:39
22:32
21:59
21:53
21:51
21:34
20:25
19:39
19:14
19:10
18:35
18:24
18:10
17:38
17:36
17:31
17:13
16:39
16:30
15:55
15:47
15:39
15:28
15:00
14:52
14:19
14:15
13:47
13:29
12:54
12:36
12:23
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11:28
11:09
11:00
10:34
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08:53
08:46
08:42
07:47
06:20
05:54
05:38
04:50
04:20
04:12
03:41
02:02
01:27
00:35
00:15

Thursday 4 February

23:18
22:24
22:20
22:00
21:04
20:47
20:37
20:33
19:51
19:49
19:38
19:08
18:54
18:46
18:35
18:25
18:11
18:06
17:46
17:35
17:18
17:11
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16:03
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15:04
14:51
14:18
13:50
13:04
12:14
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11:27
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10:05
09:49
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06:55
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01:47
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00:51
00:45
00:29
00:24
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 24 +18 50
2 24 +23 47
3 24 +25 45
4 24 +15 45
5 24 +10 40
6 24 +10 39
7 24 +8 34
8 24 -4 34
9 24 +1 33
10 24 -4 33
11 24 +9 32
12 24 -4 31
13 24 -2 29
14 24 -8 29
15 24 -10 28
16 24 -9 26
17 24 -18 23
18 24 -19 21
19 24 -19 19
20 24 -22 13

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