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Martinez: Lukaku’s goals made it all worth it

Everton manager's comments after the win

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez was understandably thrilled after today's 2-0 win against Chelsea, as the win took his side to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final.

It was former Stamford Bridge striker Romelu Lukaku who came back to haunt his previous employer with a well-taken brace.

"I thought it was a really good cup game and Chelsea played really well. Eventually, the game got to a point where it needed a bit of magic.

"Sometimes these games are decided by a dead-ball situation or a mistake - and that is a real shame.

"But the memory of Romelu Lukaku's goals made that disciplined performance all worth it today. His first goal is one of the best goals you will see scored in the FA Cup.

"He has created a great memory for every Evertonian, especially those inside Goodison Park - and it was well worthy of getting us to Wembley."

Martinez also applauded the unwavering support today from the Goodison Park faithful that strengthened the team's resolve.

"Our fans deserve this feeling. We have been outstanding in many games away from home this season, but haven't been able to replicate that at Goodison.

"We've not been poor at home, but we've not been able to get the results our performances have deserved.

"Today we have the satisfaction of giving our fans, who created a really, really impressive environment to help us, a trip to Wembley to look forward to."

With new owner Farhad Moshiri attending his first game at Goodison Park, Martinez acquitted himself well in his presence.

"Romelu Lukaku's goal was one of the great goals we will see in the FA Cup.

"We played a great team in Chelsea but we looked a team that was hurting from the weekend loss to West Ham.

"We had the responsibility to relieve the pain and did that in the last 12 minutes. Today was the complete feeling.

"It is a fantastic feeling, more than anything the atmosphere that was created. every one of us will take it away.

"I am the one bringing expectation and every single player at the club has the right mental character. We wanted to get to Wembley and our chairman deserves that for what he has achieved."

On what looked like an apparent bite on Gareth Barry by controversial forward Diego Costa -

"Diego Costa has a fighting spirit. I don't think it was much. Whatever happens with Diego Costa, I think we should see it as what we want to see in a cup game, real emotions. And I'm sure the players will have shaken it off at the end of the game and there is nothing to look back at."