Ronald Koeman: This is how Everton fans will react to Romelu Lukaku

Rachel Hardy
March 19, 2017

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is delighted to have scored his first senior goal for the club but says the fans helped make sure the Blues came away with all three points.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman claims that "everyone loves" Romelu Lukaku after he scored a late brace against Hull City on Saturday.

Former Chelsea player Lukaku has turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton's history.

"You are surprised about this?" said Koeman when asked about Lukaku's performance. Everton moved above Manchester United into sixth place, level on 50 points with Arsenal who have two games in hand.

If Everton's position in the table matched their form as the best in the division since the turn of the year, perhaps Lukaku would reconsider his stance on the thorny issue of contractual commitment, having announced this week that he will not sign a new one.

But for all of the attention on the Belgian, it was Lukaku's strike partner Calvert-Lewin who opened the scoring after nine minutes.

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Gareth Barry replaced the injured Morgan Schneiderlin on the half-hour mark, and the veteran almost made an immediate impact with a cross into Ashley Williams, who headed straight at Eldin Jakupovic.

Sam Clucas and Andrew Robertson both wasted chances for the visitors before Tom Huddlestone was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Idrissa Gueye.

Substitute Enner Valencia put Everton 2-0 ahead on 79 minutes after a neat one-two with Lukaku.

Everton soon made their numerical advantage pay - Lukaku teeing-up Valencia with a delightful flick - the West Ham-loanee proceeding to thump a precise finish into the bottom-left corner.

With Kevin Mirallas in Belgium for the birth of his child, Calvert-Lewin made his second league start this season and the 20-year-old took full advantage with the opening goal in the first half at Goodison Park.

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