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Lukaku wants to carry momentum from Thursday into Toon clash

by | 13/03/2015  Comments (31)  jump
Romelu Lukaku has called on his Everton teammates to match the intensity they showed against Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday night when they resume Premier League duties this weekend against Newcastle United.

The Belgian took his tally for the season to 16 goals in all competitions, matching his haul from last season, with the penalty that gave the Blues the edge in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie with the Ukrainian club. Now he is hoping Everton can pull away from the scrap to avoid relegation, an unfamiliar and unwanted situation for the ex-Chelsea striker.

Roberto Martinez's men have won just once in the League since mid-December and have faced mounting criticism for their cagey and slow approach during that poor run of results. So Lukaku is under no illusions that the onus will be on Everton to take the initiative on Sunday and ensure that they are in charge from the first whistle.

We had a good performance against Dynamo and so I will tell the guys: 'What we did here we have to do on Sunday as well,'" the 21 year-old said in the press. "Sunday is Newcastle, a different type of team, a different kind of football, a lot of physical stuff. But we have to do like we have in Europe — play our game, dictate the tempo, because when we have lost it is often because we have let other teams dictate to us. It's a very big game but I think we're ready for it."

It may be new territory for a player brought up at perennial title-chasers Anderlecht in his native Belgium or at Stamford Bridge where he arrived as a fresh-faced 16 year-old and the billing of the next Didier Drogba but Lukaku is using the experience to better himself as a player and emerge stronger with his team.

Maybe this was the season that I needed — to feel how it is to be the main man and stuff like that," he continued. "I think I have a respectable amount of goals — the same as last season now — but I want to get better and make the team better. It's been a good learning experience but I don't want to learn at this time, I want to win. But I have learned a lot this season, especially mentally.

He also insists he retains full faith in Martinez despite attempts by the media to hype up discussions between the squad and manager earlier in the season about getting the ball forward quicker:

You learn a lot when your back's against the wall. But a relegation battle? Really? I don't want to take it that far and say that. It's been the first time in my career I have been looking down but I don't want to look down, I want to look up. I've never been in a situation like this. You know every game your back is against the wall.

I believe in the team and I believe in the manager. I believe in him. I believe his philosophy and the way he's thinking, although I understand the fans expect us to win all the time and want us to give our maximum, I agree with that. But we have to do it together.  

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Oscar Huglin
1 Posted 14/03/2015 at 00:42:19
Love the way Rom speaks. So much ambition. Let's just hope his message to "the guys" about dictating the tempo vs Newcastle has an impact...
Andy Crooks
2 Posted 14/03/2015 at 00:54:27
I thought he was a great signing. I think he will be a truly great player. He has weaknesses that can be coached but he has natural ability that we are lucky to have. When we get a coach who has a clue, we will have ,in Lukaku and Barkley, two superb players. Add a properly coached Coleman and there is the nucleus of a squad that can set a new coach off to a good start.
James Stewart
3 Posted 14/03/2015 at 01:04:16
Can't argue with his desire. Hope to see it translate into a performance against Newcastle because after his last Europa heroics he was a disgrace against Leicester.
Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 14/03/2015 at 01:04:16
That's the reason why I can't understand anyone wanting us to go out of Europe. The only way to gain confidence is by playing well and winning. Let's hope the last hour on Thursday has done the team a lot of good.
Ernie Baywood
5 Posted 14/03/2015 at 02:36:21
I loved Thursday night but this just shits me. We know they need to play with more intensity. They know they need to play with more intensity.

For the vast majority of the season they haven't bothered their arses to do it, though they've said it often enough.

So words mean nothing. Actions are all that can make me believe that they have some pride.

Aidy Dews
6 Posted 14/03/2015 at 07:50:03
We need to big lad!

But we've heard it all before, time and time again after Europe.

How we went about that second half is how we should go about games from the off for the rest of the season and beyond! We're a much better team when we get at teams, press from the front and play at an higher tempo and play to big Rom's strengths!

Bobby Thomas
7 Posted 14/03/2015 at 08:37:05
Needs to keep working as hard and making as many runs as he did for the majority of Thursdays game.

It can understandably be frustrating as he has been asked to do way to much back to goal stuff, so it cuts both ways.

Buy if the mid raise the tempo and he can keep running the channels and giving an option we will be a much better side for it.

Ernie Baywood
8 Posted 14/03/2015 at 08:48:09
I might need to rewatch the game but I think he showed us a different side to his play on Thursday.

Last year it was about sucking teams in and hitting them with pace. Rom getting time and space.

This season the theme has been him getting the ball in tight positions with a good touch needed (and lacking).

On Thursday it was kind of more the latter. He wasn't really getting too much to run onto. We pegged them back, which our possession game doesn't really do as we frequently hear backwards and allow their mids to get their shape back.

The difference was getting at a team. Make them change position and don't give them time to get re-organised. Rom didn't get time and space but he did get different markers and loads of the ball and proved he can do the stuff that most of us were starting to doubt.

So Bobby still has two choices. Possession football and hope the opposition come at us, or put teams under pressure. My guess is that he'll revert to type.

Harold Matthews
9 Posted 14/03/2015 at 10:18:08
I'm far too old and out of date to comment on the thoughts and words of a modern 21-year-old lad but he played really well the other night and Kiev will certainly not fancy facing him again. Let's hope he brings the same effort and enthusiasm to the Newcastle game. Naturally he loves the scenario of being the main man, which he is, and perhaps he has finally realised that coming to Everton was not such a bad move after all.
Trevor Peers
10 Posted 14/03/2015 at 11:32:30
Sounds like his confidence is coming back. When he's on form he's Awesome hopefully Gibson can be the provider from midfield we desperately need to win on Sunday. Good luck, Rom.
Jimmy Salt
11 Posted 14/03/2015 at 11:48:40
Good positive stuff from Rom, and a hint of him encouraging the team to continue the passion and drive shown after about 30 mins on Thursday. Which got me thinking... Whose idea was that?
Mike Childs
12 Posted 14/03/2015 at 11:58:36
As Ernie B. Said show me. As always Harold you leave me smiling.
Minik Hansen
13 Posted 14/03/2015 at 12:17:23
Please let's have more action from the fans as well, meaning getting behind the team and help intensify their attacks to the opposition! COYB
Trevor Lynes
14 Posted 14/03/2015 at 13:07:03
Rom is a big strong boy but so is Barkley and they are both the same age! I want to see Barkley take games by the scruff of the neck in the way Rom did against Kiev then he will silence his growing number of critics.

If this club has ambition then it should spend some money on a real ammunition provider to get the best out of those two. Kone could come on as an impact sub to add even more fire power and really scare a few defences.

The defence is pretty good and just needs a commanding young goal keeper who can dominate the six-yard box when defending set pieces.

Gibson is a decent distributor but unreliable fitness wise.Osman is our only other player who can pick a pass but he is in his twilight years unfortunately.

Surely we have the coaching staff to bring forward someone who can engineer openings.

Liu Weixian
15 Posted 14/03/2015 at 13:19:59
The crowd need to have a go at the players to wake them up if we revert to our aimless and meaningless passing.
Colin Glassar
16 Posted 14/03/2015 at 13:24:37
I've stuck by him all season so I won't comment nor will I gloat.

QPR are losing 2-0 now and look doomed. One down, two to go.

Colin Glassar
17 Posted 14/03/2015 at 13:28:34
Forgot to respond to Liu. I remember the days when the cusions used to rain down onto the pitch after games. It didn't help then, booing and screaming won't help now.
Victor Jones
18 Posted 14/03/2015 at 12:49:46
Can't remember the last time we won after a Thursday night game. I think it might have been Burnley. Not sure. Of course we need to start winning our Premier League matches. Everything could be a lot tighter if results go against us today.

In my opinion, Lukaku is a good player. Of course he frustrates at times. But where would we be this season without his goals? Also, Naismith's goals (another player who gets criticism). Lukaku is young, and again in my opinion, he can only get better. But maybe not under Martinez's coaching or style of play.

My thoughts on the way I would like to see Everton play (or at least try to play for a few games; it's not going to happen): I would like to see Kone start a few games alongside Lukaku. Drop Barkley or Mirallas to the bench. They have not been effective in recent months. Promote Long also to the bench (or is he still on loan).

Just a small point, IMO Martinez has left Everton a little short in the attacking department. Jelavic and Vellios were let go too soon. Just my opinion.

This Everton squad is actually not that bad. But Martinez fails to recognise when players are out of form. Why else would he persist in playing Howard, Baines, Barry, Barkley, Coleman, Mirallas and even Lukaku at times? Reputations should stand for nothing. Players showing form should play. Players struggling and out of form should be dropped.

Prime example: I believe that we would have beaten Leicester City had Robles been in goal. Anyhow, every Everton supporter knows that. Except the bloody manager.

Last comment: Notice that some fellow supporters on other threads are still bowing to Señor Martinez. And all because we won on Thursday. Do these brave (or maybe foolish) few not look at the league positions? We won on Thursday solely on the brute strength of Lukaku, the workrate of Naismith, and the good sense and guile of a few other players. Young Garbutt included. We won in spite of Martinez. FFS what manager in their right mind would play Alcaraz? With young Browning available. And why is Howard still in goal?

That's my weekend rant over. Here's hoping that we do carry some momentum on to the Newcastle game. Here's hoping that Martinez has looked at Newcastle, and maybe noticed some weaknesses. Here's hoping he gets his team set up balanced. Here's hoping that we win... although I'm not holding my breath. Good luck everyone. Stay safe. FOREVER EVERTON.

Colin Glassar
20 Posted 14/03/2015 at 13:43:06
Vellios? Really Victor?
Victor Jones
23 Posted 14/03/2015 at 13:58:05
Never given a chance, Colin. He also let Duffy go. But brings in Alcaraz. Garbutt will be dropped when Baines is fit. Big Victor Anichebe was also let go. Imagine him and Lukaku in the same team. Ok , maybe not. You're right Colin. But we could do with more striking options. You are allowed to play with two forwards. And not just in the last ten minutes of a game. We won't score much with three defensive midfielders pissing about with the ball.
Victor Jones
24 Posted 14/03/2015 at 14:11:36
Correct Dave. Rough night , last night, after Cheltenham. And this hangover is no joke. Believe me. But i'll be recovered for tomorrows match. Or maybe i'll just stay drunk. I might then understand Martinez's tactics. COYBs
Wayne Smyth
25 Posted 14/03/2015 at 14:16:54
Victor, I share some of your frustrations with Martinez. I think Garbutt has done enough to be picked ahead of Baines and I also think Browning's performances for the first team warrant a lot more time than he has been given.

But Martinez gives young players a better chance than the previous manager. Duffy did ok for us, but he's playing at Championship level now. The last manager presumably could've bought Dier on a permanent transfer(now a regular for Spurs) and also allowed Mustafi to leave, who is doing really well in the German leagues I think and managed a World Cup call up to the eventual winning team.

I also think up front we're fine. Kone is barely getting a kick and Lukaku is doing well. A 3rd striker would be another 50k / week for no return. Quite frankly both our strikers are better than Jelavic and in a different league than Anichebe.

Where we have been short is in wide areas, now remedied by the arrival of Lennon....although Martinez seems adverse to playing with 2 genuine wide players. Not sure why. We always seem to look disjointed with Barkley or Naismith "out wide".

Liu Weixian
26 Posted 14/03/2015 at 14:46:54
Colin, the crowd showed their dissatisfaction during the Europa game and things soon improved.
John Keating
27 Posted 14/03/2015 at 14:53:09
This is the exact reason we need to help Lukaku and this is the reason we need to taxi Martinez !
Martinez brought Lukaku into our Club because he could see the potential in the kid.
Since this season started Martinez has done everything to fuck this kid up !
Every single Evertonian has seen Lukakus potential and the need to play him. What he likes, what he prefers. He is/was our most major signing but every team Martinez picks goes against his game !!
Lukaku said he went to Martinez and told him what would help him, reluctantly we changed and had a bit of a resurgence - if you could call it that ?
Anyway we soon resorted to type - i.e. the Martinez way and continued in our downward spiral.
The CROWD and I know a few have disagreed with this but the obviously weren't here, dictated a change in tactics.
Lukaku got the service he wanted/needed and the rest is history.
Lukaku can be a top player but we have to help him, we have to play to his strengths and most important this half wit manager has to realise it.
Kris Boner
28 Posted 14/03/2015 at 15:09:45
For the record Mustafi is now at Valencia, pushing 4th place in La Liga, and won his call up to the World Cup whilst playing in Italy. But is indeed do very well, not sure why it's relevant to a Martinez conversation though.

This idea that has been bandied about for months now of a team playing in spite of a manager is ridiculous. If they were going against his orders and winning he'd either no longer be here or they wouldn't. Feel free to explain to why neither are true.

Victor Jones
29 Posted 14/03/2015 at 15:04:26
Agree Wayne. Lukaku and also Kone are ok. But I was just thinking that we are a bit light up front should both(god forbid) those players get injured. You are right about Anichebe, although I thought he wasn't as bad as people made out. And yes , I agree that Moyes let some decent players go. Mustafi has played for Germany. Add John Ruddy to that list. Martinez is not alone in favouring TH.

And does Martinez really give young players a chance? Or is he forced to because he has no other choice? Although I am at a loss to know what is the best approach with young Barkley. Should he play or should he be rested? Should he stay , or should he go?

John Daley
30 Posted 14/03/2015 at 16:32:09
"The CROWD and I know a few have disagreed with this but the obviously weren't here, dictated a change in tactics. Lukaku got the service he wanted/needed and the rest is history."

Nothing to do with the fact he suddenly started putting in the effort and making runs then?

The moment he pulled out wide to run on to a ball from Barry was the first time in the game, up to that point, that he'd made a run which was anything more than a simple trot backwards or forwards in a straight line. He then managed to out-muscle the defender and get a ball into the box and, suddenly, you could see the huge upsurge in confidence that resulted from that little bit of success.

Fair enough, he doesn't receive great service on the whole but, fuck me, if he was awake from the off and actually made an attempt to peel away from defenders more often, instead of coming short all the time, then the option for a midfielder to hit the space suddenly becomes available.

Even Andy Townsend mentioned early on that he couldn't understand why Lukaku wasn't making (what should be) basic runs for a striker....and this is a guy who had his own fucking 'Tactic's Truck' at one time!

In the co-commentary kingdom, that's the equivalent of some 'evil super genius in his secret lair' shit going on right there. So,the guy must know his stuff, surely? I mean, I don't recall Alan Hansen ever having his own 'Analysis Aeroplane' or anything, and the BBC still haven't bothered to respond to my request to shove 'Lawro' in a 'Smugly Talking Shite Whilst Looking Like A Scruffy Arl Eco-Warrior Forced To Wear A Long Sleeved Shirt Against His Will Shark Cage' and sink him to the bottom of the fucking ocean on a Saturday night.

Mark Andersson
31 Posted 14/03/2015 at 16:32:22
I love reading people's opinion, but can you stop with this IMO – the very fact you're writing is evident enough.

Villa cruise to a 4-0 victory. If Everton lose or draw against Newcastle then surely Martinez has to go.

Paul Dark
32 Posted 14/03/2015 at 19:40:34
Rom is clearly brighter and gets our current problems more than the ideologue Martinez.

Rom really is a class act.

Mike Hughes
33 Posted 14/03/2015 at 20:15:18
Two interesting words used in the title and opening paragraph.

Momentum and intensity.

Two words which are the least likely to describe our PL campaign so far.

(More like 'flatter' and 'deceive')

Here's hoping for a win by 'hook' or by 'crook'.

Sean Kelly
35 Posted 15/03/2015 at 10:34:23
I hope Martinez has dished out the vitamin tables and not the usual sleeping tablets.

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