Lookman: Brace For The Fans

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Ademola Lookman was just as satisfied to reward Everton’s brigade of travelling fans with a victory as he was to end his long wait for a goal in Nicosia on Thursday evening.

Lookman played a starring role in the 3-0 Europa League victory over Apollon Limassol, watched by 1,400 Evertonians who had made the four-and-a-half-hour flight.

The youngster had gone almost a year without netting in Club colours, a run dating back to January when he struck on his debut for the Blues against Manchester City.

Yet he ended that unwanted sequence of 20 appearances without scoring with a stylish first-half double, stooping to nod in the opener and unleashing from distance seven minutes later to set Everton on the road to victory. 

Lookman's fellow winger Nikola Vlasic grabbed a late third after a fine solo run and finish.

“It’s the first headed goal [of my career],” Lookman said. “It was a brilliant ball in by Niko and I thought, ‘yes, I’m going to head this’. I was just happy to find the net.

"I like shooting and if I get the chance I will do that, which is what I did for my second goal.

“One of the chances later, I could have squared the ball to Niko. Maybe I took the wrong option. I could have had a hat-trick but I had one of those days and the keeper saved two of my other chances.”

On an evening which saw five players make their debuts, Lookman agreed with the suggestion that Everton’s senior players set the tone for a professional victory.

“With the previous results in the Europa League - we hadn’t won a game - it was good to get a victory and top it off with a clean sheet,” said the 20-year-old.

“We had quite a few fans here tonight and I felt that [support] during the game. It was a good feeling.  

“With Morgan Schneiderlin as the captain, I think he led the team well," he added. "He was speaking throughout the game and in the dressing room as well.”

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