Martinez delighted with Lukaku

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Romelu Lukaku offers the club a little bit of everything up font and dubbed him a unique striker.

Martinez was speaking after Lukaku grabbed the equalising goal in their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Monday night, the Belgian forward's 50th in 100 games for the Blues.

"He deserves a lot of praise because he is a very reliable footballer," Martinez told Sky Sports.

"He is such a unique No 9. Normally No 9s master one aspect – they can hold the ball up, they are strong or they have got pace, they are finishers – but I think Rom can be everything and I think that is a phenomenal attribute for our team.

"I think you're looking at his moment, it is a very good one. In front of goal, he is lethal; he could have scored a hat-trick today."

Martinez also praised Palace for the way they took the game to Everton despite playing away from home and was pleased with the desire his side showed in getting back into the game after going behind.

"You can see why Crystal Palace have a really good record away from home," he said. "They are very direct, they use their power and pace extremely well and I thought we coped with their counter-attack fantastically well until the last 10 minutes.

"The hardest thing is to be able to get back into a game when they get a lead with a set-piece where we were a little soft and, from then on, if you look at the record, Crystal Palace don't give leads away.

"So I am delighted with the attitude, the determination to get back into it and disappointed that we dropped two points in our eyes and it is something we need to learn a little better that we need to defend at the back with a little more focus than that."

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