LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Striker Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, made a dazzling home debut for Everton, as he scored twice in his team’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United in English Premier League action on Monday night.
“I loved it,” Lukaku said after the game. “I have waited to make my home debut for a long time. My team-mates really helped me and from minute one I was focused.”
Lukaku’s brace and another strike from Ross Barkley gave Everton a commanding 3-0 half-time, but Newcastle United scored early in the second half and then in the closing minutes to send the home supporters on the edge of their seats at Goodison Park.
“For a number nine to have that awareness of what was going on around him, Romelu Lukaku was unplayable,” Everton boss Roberto Martinez said.
“He is going to get stronger and the players around him will learn how to play with him.
“Ross Barkley is the sort of player who controls things in midfield that is unusual in a player his age. I think he is an exceptional ambassador, not only for Everton but English football as a whole.”
Belgian forward Lukaku netted in the fifth and 37th minutes and Barkley scored in the 25th minute as Everton dominated the opening 45-minutes.
However, second half substitute Yohan Cabaye, brilliantly fired out of the reach of Tim Howard from 30-yards out five-minutes after the interval.
Loic Remy poked home late in the 89th minute to pull Newcastle within a goal, but Everton held on to take all three points and remain the only undefeated side in the EPL this season.
Pardew said: “Unfortunately in the first half, nothing went right for us. This club is better than that. In second half, we had to show we could defend better.
“In the end, we had to take defeat from a first-half performance that wasn’t good enough. Regarding Yohan Cabaye, it goes to show what an important player he is for us.”
Everton also moved up to fourth in the league standing.
Everton v Newcastle
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Kone, Deulofeu, Naismith, Stones
Newcastle United: Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Tiote, Anita, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Gouffran, Remy
Subs: Cabaye, Williamson, Cisse, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)