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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 28 August

18:57
18:22
17:32
17:19
17:15
17:06
16:57
16:42
16:23
16:04
15:26
14:51
13:40
13:36
13:31
13:26
11:15
10:45
10:18
08:21
08:07
07:04
06:30
06:21
05:03
04:49
02:12
01:59
01:33
00:55
00:18
00:13
00:06

Saturday 27 August

23:26
23:03
22:20
22:16
22:11
22:01
21:47
21:38
21:24
21:12
20:49
20:35
20:24
20:07
20:06
20:05
20:03
19:51
19:42
19:25
19:25
19:19
19:09
19:08
18:38
18:09
18:04
18:00
17:53
17:53
17:52
17:34
17:34
16:52
16:23
16:22
15:58
15:24
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13:23
13:10
12:30
12:21
11:55
11:42
11:24
10:19
07:42
06:39
05:36
05:24
04:26
04:10
03:28
01:56
01:55
00:51

Friday 26 August

23:44
23:28
23:15
22:58
22:24
20:33
20:28
19:54
19:10
19:03
18:52
18:37
18:13
17:50
17:34
17:27
17:09
17:01
17:00
16:45
16:45
16:18
16:14
16:05
15:48
15:35
15:32
15:24
15:14
15:11
15:09
15:08
14:57
14:55
14:52
14:37
14:28
14:00
13:56
13:52
13:47
13:27
13:26
13:21
13:10
13:10
12:49
12:35
12:19
12:16
12:10
11:57
11:30
11:27
11:26
11:14
10:55
10:55
10:33
10:11
10:00
09:10
08:34
07:27
06:49
06:28
04:27
04:19
03:20
03:01
02:39
02:32
01:21
01:19

Premier League table

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

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