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Donovan So Happy For Stracq

American praises goalscoring impact of on-loan Argentine.

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Landon Donovan paid tribute to goal hero Denis Stracqualursi after the Argentinian helped fire Everton past Fulham and into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Stracqualursi, who was making only his third start since joining the Blues on loan from homeland side Tigres, met Donovan's delectable cross to head a precious first-half equaliser.

The Blues went on to seal a place in the hat for Sunday's draw thanks to Marouane Fellaini's winner 17 minutes from time.

Afterwards Donovan hailed the impact of Stracqualursi, saying the striker's first goal in English football was just reward for his tireless work rate.

"I was happy for him and he deserved it on the night," he said. "It’s easier for me coming from America, I speak the language and I’ve been here before.

“For Denis it’s completely foreign and he’s a really nice kid. The guys like being around him and he works hard, and you’ll find that in this game if you do those things people are going to pull for you. We were all very happy for him."

Everton's equaliser prompted emotional celebrations from 24-year-old Stracqualursi and Donovan added: “It meant a lot to him.

“He trains hard, and wants to contribute in a real way. It was a really important goal for us and a great goal for him."

Jack PayneAlways gives 100% and was fantastic finish fully deserves it hope he gets few more starts to show what he can do !

Saturday 28th January 18:09 Report Comment

Victor TayKeep it going Denis! Anichebe, you should learn from him. Keep on plugging and cut out the whining on the pitch when things are not going your way!

Saturday 28th January 16:44 Report Comment

Minik HansenLandon "gonna have a few zips as well" hehe. Hope they had a good celebration, just be fresh against city, got the rights to be confident towards the next match at Goodison! Yeah COYB!

Saturday 28th January 15:29 Report Comment

Michael FoxIt was a great goal and well deserved, every performance by him has been 100%. Winning headers, chasing every ball. Nice one Denis.

Saturday 28th January 13:29 Report Comment
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