Lukaku scores a belter to atone for awful miss

Friday 7 October 2016  42 Comments  [Jump to last]
Romelu Lukaku swept home a beautiful strike to round off Belgium's 4-0 hammering of Bosnia minutes after he'd missed an absolute sitter.

Together with Yannick Carrasco, the Everton striker had caught the visiting defence cold in the 66th minute, breaking away on the counter-attack with just the goalkeeper to beat but when Carrasco centred, Lukaku somehow spooned his shot over the bar from close range.

The Red Devils were already 3-0 up that point but that didn't stop some Belgian fans from reportedly voicing their displeasure at Lukaku but he answered them in ideal fashion.

Collecting a pass outside the box, he looked up and curled an unstoppable shot past the 'keeper.

Lukaku was then withdrawn by Roberto Martinez in favour of Christian Benteke for the final eight minutes of the regulation 90.


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Michael Farrelly
1 Posted 07/10/2016 at 23:01:42
Shades of the last season's FA Cup Semi-Final perhaps!
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 07/10/2016 at 23:18:05
Andrew Presly
3 Posted 07/10/2016 at 23:48:16
I'll do the "tell his Dad to get him a more successful country" honours.

He has a right foot? That's a revelation.

Peter Gorman
4 Posted 08/10/2016 at 01:04:01
International football might just work out for old Martinez, if only because he won't have the players together long enough to ruin them.
Mick Davies
5 Posted 08/10/2016 at 01:15:04
Lucky deflection but that miss was so bad, the 'adoring' (in his mind) Belgian fans booed him for that; so when he scored, he cupped his ear at them. They won't be so adoring now...
Teddy Bertin
6 Posted 08/10/2016 at 01:59:35
Massive deflection. Not a great goal really. Belgium look awful to me, disjointed and clueless.

4-0 though. Maybe Robbie will be better suited to international management.

Gordon Crawford
7 Posted 08/10/2016 at 02:55:56
Hardly a belter; he got a lucky break.
Anto Byrne
8 Posted 08/10/2016 at 04:40:14
A goal is a goal is a goal...

I'd take it any day.

Mike Green
9 Posted 08/10/2016 at 07:53:17
Belgium is a fantastic country. It has incredible chocolate. It has phenomenal waffles.
Eddie Dunn
10 Posted 08/10/2016 at 09:13:34
Mick 5. I saw that response from him to his fans – he really can't stop himself. He missed a sitter – they had a right to tell him what they thought, but he should have just enjoyed his goal. A sign of petulance. It's all about him.
Tony Cheek
11 Posted 08/10/2016 at 09:21:50
Definitely miss of the season, definitely not goal of the season, but a belter it was!
Liam Reilly
12 Posted 08/10/2016 at 09:41:50
Give him his due, it was an incredible moment and they were only 3-0 up; with Martinez in charge, that equates to squeaky bum time.
Mark Daley
13 Posted 08/10/2016 at 09:50:35
After he missed, did he do that stupid eyes-to-heaven thing he usually does?
Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 08/10/2016 at 10:01:39
Funny Liam, but did you see the near post corner they scored from? I sat and cursed that corner for two fucking years and Belguim score a "real belter" from one in Roberto's third or fourth game. Maybe it was just our players all along!?
Paul Tran
15 Posted 08/10/2016 at 10:52:12
I've seen Royle, Latchford, Sharp, Gray and Lineker all miss sitters. They all scored plenty, as does Lukaku. By the way, I'm not placing Rom in their league, just saying he's not the only striker who misses chances.

I find it odd that a former striker with poor fitness, disciplinary and scoring records is feted as a 'legend', while a 23-year-old striker with one of best scoring records in the Premier League Is constantly slated on here.

He scores goals, that's his job. Doesn't matter if they're 'lucky', they count the same regardless of opposition.

If we ever get another decent striker, I'd love one who scores as many as he does.

Liam Reilly
16 Posted 08/10/2016 at 11:57:05
I'm only kidding Tony; I'm in the "we're lucky to have Rom" camp and hope he stays for many a year.

I agree with Paul too; I remember Sharpy missing a sitter against UCD in Dublin in the Cup Winners Cup first round, the year we won it; I was only a kid myself and learned some very colourful language that evening.

Rob Halligan
17 Posted 08/10/2016 at 12:08:43
Talking of sitters, I sure I remember Latchford missing an absolute sitter, at Anfield, of all places, sometime in the mid '70s.

The score was 0-0 and only a few minutes to go, when the ball arrived at Latchford, right in the middle of the six-yard box, and not a defender near him, he hit it straight at the goalkeeper who held on.

The game finished 0-0. I was absolutely gutted!!

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 08/10/2016 at 13:11:24
Rob (#17) bang on with that Rob, we could have won the league that year, Billy Bingham was the manager, was it 1974? Anyway, the Latchford sitter was exactly the way you described it, he should have blasted the shot but tried to lob the ball over Ray Clemence who saved it with ease. I think we went to Leeds United just after that and drew 0-0, same score as the Liverpool game.

Everton were an unspectacular team under Bingham, played a tight defensive game but nevertheless could have won the Championship, lost at home to Sheffield.. and lost twice to Carlisle Utd who were relegated.

Rob Halligan
19 Posted 08/10/2016 at 13:34:05
If it was the year we should have won the league, Dave, then that game was 22 Feb 1975. Definitely threw the league away that season, as you say. The two losses to Carlisle definitely were the main factor for not winning the title that year.
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 08/10/2016 at 14:01:09
Yes, that date sounds right, Rob. The game away to Carlisle was a midweek game and I was having a great night at the Wooky Hollow watching the Drifters. The score came through around 10:00 pm and completely fucked the rest of the night, for me anyway.

Everton, you have put me in raptures but taken me to hell and back loads of times as well, but I am still in love with you, Come on, do something soon, please!!!

Patrick Murphy
22 Posted 08/10/2016 at 14:31:00
Dave (21) The Carlisle defeat (3-0) was played on a Saturday afternoon, however, you may be getting mixed up with the Luton Town fixture where Everton lost (2-1) a game which was played on a Wednesday evening. Had Everton won those two fixtures we would have won the league, also mad defeats at home to Carlisle and others cost us vital points – typical Everton!

Carlisle 1975

Luton 1975

Paul Tran
23 Posted 08/10/2016 at 14:40:08
We were 2-0 up at home to Carlisle as well! The league was wide open that year.

Sharp's finishing in his first couple of seasons were shocking – what a striker he became!

My 'favourite' missed sitter was McKenzie's dummied penalty miss in the semi at Bolton. 1-0 up and coasting to Wembley, it was ultimate Everton pessimism-inducing stuff!

Brian Hennessy
24 Posted 08/10/2016 at 14:51:43
I couldn't care less what Lukaku, his father, his agent says to the media, or if he doesn't run around chasing down defenders.

The fact is he is the best striker we have had since Lineker and the longer we can hold on to him, the better. Would we honestly prefer to have someone like Shane Long, who runs his heart out but has a pretty poor goalscoring record for club and country?

Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 08/10/2016 at 15:14:39
Patrick (#22),

Yes, you are right, it was the Luton Town game when I was in the Wooky Hollow, Lineker forgot to bring his boots and played in a new or borrowed pair... yes, that was definitely the night.

Always thought he was a stupid so and so, that Lineker.

Dave Abrahams
26 Posted 08/10/2016 at 15:19:15
Patrick, wasn't there another game on a Wednesday night when we lost and gave Liverpool the league, the game when Lineker forgot his boots and had to play in a new or borrowed pair, was that against Luton Town as well in the eighties?

Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 08/10/2016 at 15:23:23
Patrick ignore (25) I thought I had deleted it, getting mixed up again, I'll have to start taking my tablets again !!!!.
Tony Hill
28 Posted 08/10/2016 at 15:25:11
Oxford that, Dave, I think. God what a dreadful night, Lineker missed a hatful if memory serves. The first part of the double whammy that was.
Mick Davies
29 Posted 08/10/2016 at 15:29:32
Rob @17, spot on. I was a teenager in the Anfield Rd, about a minute to go and the ball comes over to an unmarked Latch. We're all waiting to go wild when he looks towards the linesman, then tamely puts it into a grateful Clemence's hands. Never understood that, as the most prolific striker since Dixie is the one person I would have staked my life on scoring there.

Eddie @10, that's right, it's all about him, his gesticulating and other pointless antics really detract from his talent: and this also answers Paul @15, the reason some people rate Dunc as a legend whereas Rom probably won't be is that he loved this club of ours and always left everything on the pitch.

Rom expends more energy moaning and pointing rather than running into space, and with his physique, he shouldn't be getting bullied by anyone. His disrespect for the club is in sharp contrast to Dunc's love of Everton and if he had Rom's talent, he could have been another Dixie.

Dave Abrahams
30 Posted 08/10/2016 at 15:34:52
Tony (#28) yes you are correct, it was Oxford.

Fuckin' hell, I sound like Maurice Chevalier singing "I remember it well". Going out now for the night, I hope I remember how to get home!!!!!

Mark Daley
31 Posted 08/10/2016 at 16:10:13
Agreed Mick. It's not difficult to tell the difference between a player like Dunc (or more recently Nais) and a giant twat.
Darren Hind
32 Posted 08/10/2016 at 16:36:49
"Fuckin' Hell, I sound like Maurice Chevalier...."

Fantastic stuff, Dave. I genuinely did laugh out loud.

Paul Tran
33 Posted 08/10/2016 at 17:27:01
Mick, Ferguson had the talent and physique to be a fabulous player. He was fantastic in his first season with us and was often unstoppable. Ultimately, he chose to drink excessively, neglect his fitness and, contrary to what you say, often went missing in games.

He clearly loved and still loves our club and I hope he's successful as a coach with us and helps the young players become what he could have been, had he really wanted it enough.

I'm one of these clearly boring people who likes strikers who score goals consistently. I prefer moaning strikers with good scoring records than 'characters' with a poor fitness and scoring records.

Ball, Kendall, Harvey, Labone, Royle, Southall, Reid, Sharp, Gray, Sheedy. There's just a few examples of Everton legends in my lifetime. Does Ferguson really belong in their company? Not for me.

Brian Hennessy
34 Posted 08/10/2016 at 17:27:27
Anyone who thinks big Dunc always gave 100% for Everton has a short memory. Yes, when he was up for it, he was terrific... but, more often than not, he couldn't be arsed.

He goes into the category of "on his day he was unplayable" while, on other days ,he was unbearable.

Naismith was different kettle of fish; now there was player who made the most of his ability every time he went out on the pitch.

Jon Cox
35 Posted 08/10/2016 at 20:30:51
Brent (2),

Dad won't...

Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 08/10/2016 at 21:04:43
Mick Ferguson, Paul? I remember him scoring at Anfield, but we got beat 3-1!
Paul Tran
37 Posted 09/10/2016 at 08:34:56
Dave, I'll never forget Mick Ferguson, despite trying, as long as you never forget the comma!
Stephen Brown
38 Posted 09/10/2016 at 08:37:19
Big Mick Ferguson, great player with a great beard!!
Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 09/10/2016 at 10:28:53
Paul (#37), I had a bad day yesterday, but that one wasn't me!!!
Richard Dodd
40 Posted 09/10/2016 at 10:58:28
Ronald Koeman did not do his job properly this summer. By failing to bring in a bona fide striker to cover Lukaku, he left Everton exposed in the event of injury to the Belgian.

Of course, it may be that the Board, in a continued desire to spend only what comes in, did not support him – but, given Moshiri's supposed input, this seems improbable.

Paul Tran
41 Posted 09/10/2016 at 11:11:19
Sorry Dave, I meant Tony. I'm clearly having a bad one today!
Dave Abrahams
42 Posted 09/10/2016 at 11:14:50
Paul (41) no problems, but stop picking on our Tony!!!!
James Byrne
43 Posted 09/10/2016 at 16:03:03
The first chance we get to cash in on Lukaku we, should take it. He's got no long-term interest in Everton FC. I'm aware he's got a decent score ratio but he's one of the worst football players I've witnessed at this level.

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