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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 26 February

19:09
18:46
18:33
18:20
18:18
17:53
17:33
17:17
17:01
16:56
16:39
16:23
16:20
15:53
13:58
13:28
11:59
11:06
10:24
09:26
08:01
06:48
04:42
02:52
02:29
02:07
00:09
00:04

Saturday 25 February

23:45
23:27
22:36
21:42
21:27
21:11
20:41
20:39
20:24
20:18
19:58
19:43
19:34
19:27
19:26
19:23
19:03
18:49
18:29
18:29
18:12
18:02
18:01
17:59
17:53
17:52
17:40
17:30
17:18
17:16
16:42
16:23
16:14
14:49
14:49
14:35
14:31
14:16
14:06
13:35
13:12
13:12
12:47
12:13
12:07
11:54
11:04
10:25
09:00
07:27
06:49
06:02
05:07
04:56
03:50
02:34
02:14
01:33
00:30
00:22
00:15

Friday 24 February

23:53
23:34
23:30
23:15
22:23
21:56
21:14
21:11
21:07
20:42
20:05
18:31
18:17
18:08
17:32
17:08
16:54
16:49
16:40
16:31
16:20
16:03
16:02
15:28
15:08
15:02
14:58
14:49
14:33
13:50
13:46
13:45
13:26
13:25
13:20
13:19
13:12
13:05
12:39
12:29
12:25
11:49
11:18
10:47
10:05
10:00
09:35
08:59
07:42
05:34
03:44
02:23
02:09
01:02
01:01
00:05

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 26 +36 63
2 26 +32 53
3 25 +22 52
4 25 +26 50
5 25 +24 49
6 25 +17 48
7 26 +15 44
8 26 +4 40
9 26 -9 33
10 26 -10 32
11 26 -9 31
12 26 -13 31
13 25 -3 30
14 26 -15 26
15 26 -25 24
16 26 -9 22
17 26 -13 22
18 25 -19 21
19 26 -27 21
20 26 -24 19

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