Premier League: Lukaku inspires Everton fightback

Ross McLean
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Romelu Lukaku inspired a second-half Everton comeback which sends the Toffees fifth ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby

EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez refused to be drawn on his side’s credentials to qualify for the Champions League despite £30m striker Romelu Lukaku sending the Toffees fifth after inspiring a stunning fightback at West Brom last night.

Lukaku returned to haunt former club West Brom with a second-half double, either side of an Aruna Kone strike, after Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had given the Baggies a two-goal lead. Not since 1985 and a 4-3 win at Ipswich have Everton won after trailing by two goals, while it is the first time a Tony Pulis side has lost in the Premier League having held a two-goal advantage.

“The first two-thirds of the competition is to find out as much as we can about ourselves,” said Martinez. “All we want to do is make sure we get into a good rhythm. We want to collate as many points as we can, create as much competition in the squad as we can. I feel we’re on the right path to do that.”