Lukaku ends goal-drought
Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku\'s longest goal drought in English football came to an end in dramatic fashion on Monday as a hat-trick saw Everton defeat Sunderland 3-0 in their Premier League clash.
Sunderland: Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku's longest goal drought in English football came to an end in dramatic fashion on Monday as a hat-trick saw Everton defeat Sunderland 3-0 in their Premier League clash.
The 23-year-old, who hadn't scored for his club in 13 matches dating back to March, scored all three in 11 minutes of the second-half to lift his side to third in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Manchester City.
“I think it was all about fitness levels. I'm happy for the team,” Lukaku said. “I think I could have had five in the end. I have to be more of a serial killer for the team to achieve their objective.”
Whilst the victory meant Ronald Koeman became the first Everton manager since Thomas McIntosh in 1919 to win his first two competitive away games, for former Everton handler David Moyes it was sheer misery.
His Sunderland side have garnered just a point from the first four matches and have begun a season with four winless games for the sixth consecutive year.
Koeman, who arrived from Southampton in the summer, was furious with the first half performance but said he had not been worried by Lukaku's lack of goals as he is a 'great player'.
“I think we will be one of the teams that will fight for European football,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports. “That is a realistic target. If we play like we did in the first half we will be 13th or 14th. The players are not stupid -- they know what they can do.”
Moyes for his part said the new players he had brought in would take time to settle but that wasn't a good enough excuse for their performance. “I was really disappointed, especially with the last 30 minutes,” said Moyes.