Everton’s runaway top goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, has expressed his excitement at the prospect of his first trip to Wembley with the Toffees.
The Belgian scored his 24th and 25th goals of the season in today’s 2-0 win over his former club, Chelsea, to book Roberto Martinez’s side a date under the Arch in the semi-finals of the FA Cup next month and he told evertontv after the game how much he was looking forward to it.
“I’m happy to go to Wembley, first of all. I’m happy for the win, for the team, for the club. [It’s] something that we all wanted, you know. We’ve got close many times; no we’re even closer. We’re 90 minutes away [from the final], 180 minutes away from glory so I’m very happy for the team."
Lukaku, who has played at England’s national stadium once before for Belgium, was asked if he only had one thing on his mind when he collected the ball out wide from Ross Barkley for his first goal today.
“Yeah, just go and score,” he smiled. "I’m a striker! I want to score goals and I want to help the team win so that was the only thing I was thinking."
Asked how important the thunderous atmosphere created by the fans was for the players, Lukaku responded:
“Oh, really important. I mean, wow! It was the best night in the stadium since I arrived at the club.
“There’s a lot of belief. It’s all down to us [now]. We are a good team. We know that if we have a good day, it’s really tough to beat us. Defensively, we’re good. We have good defenders, so it’s up to us."
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1 Posted 13/03/2016 at 05:56:49
I have never seen a more complete number 9/10 at Everton since 1973 than Romelu.
I have laughed sorry at his first-touch detractors on here for ages as I laugh now at the Barkley detractors.
Two goals. Ross & Rom's link-up play, though Number 1 was pure Lukaku brute strength and skill and first, second, third, and fourth touches.
I think Lukaku loves Everton I see it above. I think he loves the new investment. He and Ross are the only two players in a good team that we cannot replace.
Much maligned Martinez got it spot on today and I wince looking at the vitriolic fight on one thread after another to paint the gaffer in the darkest possible velours.
Two semi-finals. Pretty good eh?
League, I know, but we were never gonna win it.
I want a cup!
Martinez showed today in that 2nd half why he can still be a very good Everton manager,
Farhad is going to Wembley.
I'm so loving this!
2 Posted 13/03/2016 at 06:11:17
3 Posted 13/03/2016 at 06:14:35
4 Posted 13/03/2016 at 06:17:24
5 Posted 13/03/2016 at 08:11:50
Anyone know what's happened to Del and why he's fallen out of favour?
6 Posted 13/03/2016 at 08:31:28
7 Posted 13/03/2016 at 08:35:54
I think you answered your own question about Del when you highlighted how good Lennon is
8 Posted 13/03/2016 at 08:39:48
Wembley is made for Lukaku, and our type of play; let's hope he stays sound.
9 Posted 13/03/2016 at 08:41:31
10 Posted 13/03/2016 at 08:54:36
Let's enjoy this victory and look forward to Wembley, and leave the inquest about Roberto and his management for another day.
11 Posted 13/03/2016 at 09:02:17
12 Posted 13/03/2016 at 09:09:02
I must admit that I was hyper-critical of Martinez up to yesterday's game. Last night , behind the joy, I felt a lump in my throat with guilt... after all, Martinez probably eats, sleeps and breathes Everton, just like us!
Err, does anyone know which wine accompanies humble pie?
14 Posted 13/03/2016 at 09:13:06
Like all young players he needs more consistency and technically he has some work to do.. but wow what a player he will become if he keeps developing. His goal scoring record in the top flight is superb.
I also like his personality he continually talks about winning and improving. Of course, we may lose him one day. But my guess is that he has added a good £20-30 million to his value this season. We have not had a striker like him since the '80s in my opinion. So let's back him.
15 Posted 13/03/2016 at 09:26:43
Being strong, holding the ball up, winning headers and being on your toes is just plain and simple striker play and he should do those things game in, game out. You don't have to be the worlds best talent to do those basics during a game, look at the likes of Cameron Jerome & Troy Deeney etc!
But yesterday he put all those things together and put in a complete performance to take us to Wembley so fair play to the lad, he was excellent, and hopefully he takes that performance in his stride and does it more!
16 Posted 13/03/2016 at 09:37:32
Watching him lately, I don't think it has. Rather his use of his body has improved. He's starting to shove his arse into defenders early and buying himself time and space to take simple first touches.
Great that we have a top, top centre forward now. Any club in the world would take him... scary stuff.
17 Posted 13/03/2016 at 09:53:25
Great to knock such a nasty club out, great to be going to Wembley, and great to show our new owner what a great club he's bought into.
I would take anyone other than Arsenal in the semi but with a favourable draw this could finally be our year.
18 Posted 13/03/2016 at 10:01:48
He must be worth £100M+ if Raheem Sterling is worth £45M
19 Posted 13/03/2016 at 10:02:03
20 Posted 13/03/2016 at 10:09:08
We have the best squad of players since HK Mk 1, yet we are struggling to make the top half of the table. If I'm honest I didn't think we could win the Premier League, but a Champions League spot was well within our reach.
There aren't many squads in the Premier League I'd swap ours for, so what is holding us back? Only one answer the manager. After yesterday, I'd like to think the penny has dropped, but I somehow doubt it.
21 Posted 13/03/2016 at 10:41:20
£49 million for Sterling actually... Raheem Sterling, the poor man's Aaron Lennon.
I said weeks ago I'd rather have Lennon every time ahead of Sterling; I'd push ahead even further on that statement now.
Lukaku is a 25-goal-a-season striker, he's got power, pace, can head a ball, shoot with both feet...
He's a striker that should in this day and age be worth £70 million.
But that's irrelevant because I don't want to lose him for even that because those goals in the Premier League would be virtually impossible to replace.
22 Posted 13/03/2016 at 10:41:44
Martinez has deserved every bit of the criticism he has taken, few managers could have contrived to have cost us so many points and those coming on with their I-told-you-so tone would be advised to take a look at the league table. Last night's performance PROVES we can defend; if anything, it serves to highlight his shortcomings. However, he did sign Lukaku everyone else had the chance, but nobody else dared stick their neck out and meet Chelsea's asking price. So fair play to him for that.
I honestly believe the criticism of Martinez on here would be halved if his supporters did not come on here trying to bait his critics every time we win. Posts claiming Evertonians want us to lose the semi-final are just... half witted.
I don't understand how people who say they love this club can find no better way to celebrate such a fantastic night.
We can't get back the squandered opportunity in the league, but we have a chance of winning the cup; every Evertonian will be desperate for that to happen. Those who are trying to claim they were right all along are simply embarrassing themselves. They can never be right, that ship has sailed.
How about we enjoy last night?
23 Posted 13/03/2016 at 10:46:23
24 Posted 13/03/2016 at 11:14:35
I'd prefer Arsenal. We'd be slight underdogs with the media, and bookies, and those are the games that seem to suit us. And besides, from what I've seen, Arsenal are very beatable.
(Remember 1981 as well! it was us who stopped them reaching a fourth successive Final they're on a hat-trick now so...)
25 Posted 13/03/2016 at 11:27:59
Cleverley works tirelessly but is just a little off the pace to get his tackles in. I don't care if Rom's first touch is poor and in fact even if his second touch is poor with 25 goals to date, he'll do for me.
26 Posted 13/03/2016 at 11:41:57
27 Posted 13/03/2016 at 11:47:49
Two semi finals this season now and hopefully a trophy and those who have been around a while like I have need no prompting to see how similar this is to 1984. For the younger ToffeeWebbers that season we were awful in the league till around January (defence wasn't bad but we couldn't score goals and the team was timid). We ended up losing in what is now the Capital One Cup Final and winning the FA Cup. That transformed the team into the best in Europe and the parallels to this season are remarkable.
If only supporters could make that atmosphere every week. I know we need a performance or incident to galvanise the crowd and if we play tippy-tappy then it is difficult to get excited but all credit to Costa for sparking it off. His aggression and the way we stood up to it (and then some) ensured that the crowd stayed "on it" throughout and our defending was excellent.
Could this just be the year when it all starts to fall into place...?
28 Posted 13/03/2016 at 12:14:33
Gary you might be right, isn't it nice to know a ball with our name on it is already in the hat though? They're not even there yet. Sit back and enjoy today's games. :)
29 Posted 13/03/2016 at 12:23:14
30 Posted 13/03/2016 at 12:24:29
32 Posted 13/03/2016 at 12:37:29
33 Posted 13/03/2016 at 12:49:01
In my opinion it's the way he's using his body. A year ago he was still playing as if he was a beanpole trying to control the ball on the move so he was getting away from his marker. Now he's belting up the defender early and simply controlling it in front of him.
There's still development in Lukaku. The more he figures out how best to use his physical attributes, the better he'll be. He might have been working on his technique all his life but he's never been bigger or stronger than he is right now.
34 Posted 13/03/2016 at 12:54:31
35 Posted 13/03/2016 at 13:11:52
Long may he continue to score the goals in a Royal Blue shirt.
36 Posted 13/03/2016 at 13:40:13
I am now a convert to the footballing giant that is Lukaku. I cannot argue with his goals. He just keeps on scoring. Just a wee thing that I noticed.....nothing terrible....and it is not a major concern....but he does stray into a lot of offside positions. Well most forwards do that...I hear you say. True... but watch how slow Lukaku is to get back on to an onside position. He strolls back. That will cost Everton goals. Yesterday he was screaming for Barkley to pass to him. Barkley shot wide instead. But had Barkley passed to Lukaku......the resulting goal would have been offside. Lukaku needs to get back on side quicker. But as everybody has been saying ......he is young, and still learning.
I am not trying to pick faults. Just watch for yourself, the way that he strolls about. Iron out his few little faults......and we have a beast of a player. Get in a midfield general, who can see a forward pass, and who can split a defence. And Lukaku will score 40 goals a season. Last point.....we need to get in also, proper cover ,should Lukaku miss any games. Not Kone. And I'm not sure about Niasse. ( don't think that any of us are).
And please. I am not criticising the big man.....just stating, that he can only get better. Then we really would have a player. Never thought that I would see another Bob Latchford or Gary Lineker at Goodison. Lukaku could be the best of the three. Not just yet. But he could be. Up the Toffees....
37 Posted 13/03/2016 at 14:18:20
One thing about very large athletes is that is usually takes them longer to learn to efficiently coordinate their bodies compared to smaller, thinner athletes. We see this all the time in basketball and baseball in America where young players with bigger bodies are noted to take longer to fully develop especially at the professional level.
It's easier for someone built like Messi, Aguero or David Villa to control their bodies at a younger age than it is someone built like Rom. He's only 22, he'll get there.
38 Posted 13/03/2016 at 14:59:22
I think his size and physicality limit him in certain areas of the game. Because he is such a big unit 6ft-3in and nearly 15-stone he will never be quick of the mark. Once he gets moving he is pretty rapid as we have seen on occasions this year. He will also not have the stamina of smaller players. You don't see many 15-stone marathon runners surprisingly.
And that I believe is the nub of the criticism he receives. He's expected to play like Vardy when he is not ever going to be equipped to do so. Therefore we get all the 'lazy' nonsense. Like another poster I had a proper tool sat behind me, consistently slating the lad as a 'lazy bastard'. I'm often told its all about opinions, which is fair enough. Of course opinions can be horseshit also.
39 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:06:53
40 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:12:52
I am still on the ceiling from yesterday. One of the best nights at the Old Lady for many a year .
41 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:15:42
42 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:27:26
As you've just said, David, we simply won't have a better chance to lift it now.
43 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:31:26
44 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:50:22
Now wouldn't that be nice...
45 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:54:24
46 Posted 13/03/2016 at 15:57:44
You'll be lucky to get a third of that now.
What a difference a day makes.
47 Posted 13/03/2016 at 16:06:30
48 Posted 13/03/2016 at 16:32:38
People also complain about his touch on "hold-up" plays. If he can handle 50% of 30-yard balls booted to him by defenders he's doing pretty good. He provides an outlet that other forwards don't because they're too small.
Of course if Everton had Aguero or Messi leading the line, you can bet several Toffees here would slag them for not being "good enough in the air."
49 Posted 13/03/2016 at 17:12:06
Has a nice ring to it...
50 Posted 13/03/2016 at 17:34:07
A "Euro Super League" with no promotion or relegation. I wonder if they will have a draft like all the other US sports; that frankly the rest of the world has no interest in.
51 Posted 13/03/2016 at 17:38:35
Sorry, though, Payet is also a top-class cheat. He should have been off for the blatant dive before he scored on that brilliant free, but Atkinson choked on his whistle and fled from the call.
52 Posted 13/03/2016 at 18:36:15
53 Posted 13/03/2016 at 18:37:28
West Ham Utd believe but their arrogance will seem them fall and Man Utd are enveloped in the fear of failure and past achievements.
If we really want this as a team, with no fear, we will do it.
54 Posted 13/03/2016 at 18:42:25
55 Posted 13/03/2016 at 18:47:05
56 Posted 13/03/2016 at 18:55:24
You couldn't make it up.
57 Posted 13/03/2016 at 19:08:49
58 Posted 13/03/2016 at 19:10:41
60 Posted 13/03/2016 at 19:31:41
61 Posted 13/03/2016 at 19:33:17
Yeah alright Geoff, really getting us going here, lad haha...
62 Posted 13/03/2016 at 19:40:02
64 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:05:13
The betting to win the cup:- 9/4 Everton 7/2 Utd 7/2 West Ham 5/1 Palace 5/1 Watford.
That betting is now, either Utd and West Ham will shorten when that tie is decided.
As you can see the bookies think we will beat Palace and Watford if we meet either in the semi.
They don't seem to share the doubters faith in Roberto!
65 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:09:26
Nil Satis Nisi Optimum means nothing satisfies but the best so being satisfied about getting to a half-final is not in accordance with our motto.
Something about there is no glamour in being the bridesmaid.
66 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:23:40
When the Rat went up to to lift the FA cup
We were there, we were there.
What a day that was no, scratch that, what a weekend that was. Wouldn't mind a repeat, but it'll be a bit more sedate than that mad weekend!! COYB
67 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:29:08
In the Capital One Cup we had the misfortune of drawing Man City in the semi-final (we still should have won in my opinion), there is no team of their quality left in the FA Cup. COYB!
68 Posted 13/03/2016 at 20:39:05
Onwards and upwards. :)
69 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:11:41
70 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:26:52
71 Posted 13/03/2016 at 21:47:21
You're spot on with your analysis I've been saying the same thing for ages.
Lukaku wasn't creating the space by backing in before moving towards the ball.
More often than not, what appeared to be a poor touch was caused by the defender nudging him in back, for nibbling the back of his heels.
A player of his strength and size should have no problem with these basics, and he seems to be doing the right things now. He truly is a best and can do anything he wants when he is on point.
72 Posted 14/03/2016 at 09:49:54
74 Posted 14/03/2016 at 11:15:03
That's the attitude and focus we need to keep, not being happy to be in a SF, however difficult or dour that may seem. I want to win the Cup, not get one or two trips to Wembley. and this is the best chance we have had in years. I hate being the favourites but I can't deny that we are! Complacency is the worst enemy of this Martinez side.
Time to celebrate is when Jags lifts old jug ears up at the end of the Final.
75 Posted 14/03/2016 at 12:04:06
As for Rom, if he left we'd struggle to attract a better player, or even an equal with or without Mr Moshiri's billions. I can't believe we have a player of his age and ability, has 25 goals by mid March and seems to be an all round decent bloke. He can be as good as Drogba and has to be the man that we build Moshiri's team around. Barkley ditto, but Del I'm not so sure. If we brought in Slimani and/or Yarmolenko Deulofeu could well become a distant memory.
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