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Martinez joy as red-hot Lukaku inspires revival as Everton see off West Brom

West Brom 2-3 Everton

By Nick Mashiter

Romelu Lukaku inspired Everton to a stunning fightback at West Brom as the Toffees recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

The former Baggies striker scored twice and set up Arouna Kone as the visitors scored twice in the final 15 minutes to steal the points. Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put the Baggies 2-0 ahead but Lukaku hit back immediately after Dawson's header nine minutes after the break.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said: "We were very disappointed with the first-half. We were off, every single individual.

"The mountain we had to climb, it would have been easy to lose focus but we got three goals against the best defence in the Premier League. Every three points is huge but it feels extra good."

Without the sidelined John Stones, Ramiro Funes Mori stepped in for his full league debut but the Everton defender was at fault for Albion's first goal.

He lost the ball to James Morrison near the halfway line and his excellent throughball for Berahino saw the hitman find the net.

It was the striker's second goal since returning to the line-up after his deadline day strike threat.

Albion, without the injured Gareth McAuley, doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Dawson nodded in Chris Brunt's corner.

Instantly, though, Everton hit back when Lukaku headed Gerard Deulofeu's cross past Boaz Myhill.

Kone levelled in the 76th minute after Lukaku's neat pass.

Former Chelsea striker Lukaku then wrapped up Everton's comeback with six minutes left. He smashed in Deulofeu's cross to win it, with Myhill slow to react.

WEST BROM: Myhill, Dawson, Evans, Olsson (Chester 28), Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob (Lambert 85), Morrison, McClean,

Rondon (Gardner 69), Berahino.

Subs not used: Anichebe, McManaman, Lindegaard, Gnabry.

Goals: Berahino 41, Dawson 54.

everton: Howard, Browning (Gibson 72), Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway, McCarthy, Barry, Deulofeu, Barkley, Naismith (Kone 72), Lukaku (Lennon 89).

Subs Not Used: Robles, McGeady, Oviedo, Osman.

Booked: Naismith, McCarthy, Kone.

Goals: Lukaku 55, 84, Kone 75

Man of the match: Romelu Lukaku

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Robert Madley (Yorkshire)

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