Everton manager Ronald Koeman was full of praise for striker Romelu Lukaku after his three goals in the 3-0 win over Sunderland on Monday.
The Belgian international scored all three goals in the second half, breaking a 1,139 minute scoreless streak. Koeman was delighted with what he saw from his frontman at the Stadium of Light.
“I did not have doubts about him,” Koeman told the club’s official website. “It is unbelievable how good he can be. Strikers look to score goals and there was a little doubt in his mind when he didn’t score for so long for Everton.
“I told him the best answer is on the pitch and he showed his quality with the goals tonight. It was a great performance.”
Koeman admitted that he was less than pleased with the team’s first half performance, but added that they reacted well to his halftime talk.
“I was really disappointed with our first 45 minutes,” Koeman said. “From the start of the game, it was not the Everton that I like. But the second half was what I like to see – good football, good pressing and we had opportunities to score more goals.
“I was really angry at half time. We had good defending –that wasn’t the problem – the problem was when he had ball possession in the midfield and up front. We lost too many balls.
“Sometimes you need to make hard decisions to hope for a good reaction. That came in the second half.
“I know my players, I know the levels they can show and that was the level they reached in the second half.”
Everton sits in third place in the Premier League standings with 10 points in four games.