Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed his side’s response in their 1-1 draw at West Ham and reserved particular praise for Toffees goalscorer Romelu Lukaku.
An excellent goal from Manuel Lanzini handed the Hammers the lead, but Lukaku – scoring in his seventh straight game against the Hammers – struck just before the interval to earn the Toffees a hard-fought point.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Martinez said: “We allowed West Ham too much space for the first goal, but I was delighted with the way we responded. We kept West Ham very, very quiet in the second half.
“The performance was terrific in terms of having a winning mentality. I was just disappointed at the end that we couldn’t find that bit of magic to get the three points.”
“Lukaku thinks he is going to score against anyone. Obviously the stat of scoring in so many games against West Ham is a coincidence, but what is true is that he is a positive man by nature.
“He’s still a young boy, but the way he is developing I always think when he is on the pitch that he is capable of scoring against anyone.”
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