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Lukaku credits Martinez for goals

Shout out to former manager

Sunderland v Everton - Premier League
Romelu Lukaku celebrates his hattrick
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Romelu Lukaku destroyed Sunderland in a second-half blitz, scoring three times and missing what could have been another hat-trick as well.

In his post-match media obligations, the Belgian forward credited former Everton manager Roberto Martinez in his current capacity as the Red Devils manager for breaking his long-standing goal drought.

“It was coming, when I went to Belgium it was all about my fitness levels. They weren’t as good as I wanted them to be. Martinez helped me with the technical stuff and I was happy. I managed to finish the other chances, and I’m happy for the team.”

Here are his comments with Sky Sports after the game, starting with his comments that he needed to be more of a “serial killer” -

"I think we could have done better, especially in the first half. Up front we didn't keep the ball and create enough. But the second half we performed way better and it was deserved win.

"It was all about my fitness levels, they weren't as good as I wanted them to be. But in the Premier League you have to be focused until the end and I got got good service from Yannick Bolasie and Kevin Mirallas at the end and managed to finish the chances.

"I think I could have had five really, I need to be more of a serial killer if I want to help the team achieve it's objective.

"We are in a good position in the league and we have to keep going."

He went on to speak to evertontv about his fitness levels, and his hat-trick, promising that the match ball will be going on his mother’s mantelpiece.