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Boss Praises Sensational Blues

Martinez said Everton's first half showing was 'sensational'.

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Roberto Martinez has hailed the early chemistry between his young forward line in the 3-2 victory over Newcastle United on Monday evening.

Romelu Lukaku grabbed the headlines after notching a brace on his first Everton start, with fellow 20-year-old Ross Barkley also getting on the scoresheet during a rampant first half.

With additional young talent such as James McCarthy starting and Gerard Deulofeu emerging from the bench, Martinez agreed that the football on display against the Magpies was pleasing on the eye.

He said: "I thought we were sensational in the first half. We defended extremely well and kept Newcastle to very little threat. Some of the attacking play was fascinating to see. I thought some of the link-up play between Romelu, Ross and Kevin was at its best.

"Sometimes when that happens, you can score too many goals. Sometimes you go in at the break with a one-goal lead that allows you to keep the tension.

"It was normal (that Newcastle responded) in the second half. Newcastle have some terrific individual players that you can get a reaction and momentum from. But after we conceded the first goal, I was pleased with the way we controlled the game. Newcastle had to take risks and they did that. Then you need to take your chances - we had two or three really good opportunities to do that.

"They had nothing to lose and we did. I am very pleased with the manner we held on for the three points. It was a completely different manner than in the first half in which we showed the style - we showed the greed in the second half."

Lukaku added to his late winner at West Ham with a typical marksman's double against Alan Pardew's side, capping a fine individual display in leading the Blues' line.

Martinez confirmed the forward's deal contains no recall option for Chelsea, insisting he and fellow loanee Gareth Barry are on Merseyside for the full season.

"[Romelu]'s a young man that has everything as a striker," he added. "Sometimes you see a number nine that is powerful and has great physical presence - I think what Romelu also brings is a great technical awareness of what's around him.

"He's really gifted in holding up play with his back to goal. That was our focal point today, but that understanding with Ross Barkley was magic at times. He's a great goalscorer and the reception that he had at Goodison made him a player that looked at home.

"I want him to enjoy his football, to develop and to become as good as he can be."

Rian MageeGreat to have a manager that looks at and instils the positives points, it rubs off!Great stuff!

Tuesday 1st October 14:13 Report Comment

Victor TayGreat job Toffees!!!

Tuesday 1st October 01:13 Report Comment

peter ashworthLets tie Barkley down to long term contract (before the 'big clubs' come looking) and find the funds to buy Lukaku

Tuesday 1st October 00:04 Report Comment

David LoganWhat a great result loving it!

Monday 30th September 23:25 Report Comment


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