Everton striker Romelu Lukaku revealed that his side’s players asked manager Roberto Martinez to change to a more direct approach before Tuesday’s 1-1 English FA Cup draw with West Ham United.
The Toffees had lost four consecutive games going into the match, and Belgium international, who scored the injury-time equaliser at Goodison Park, said: “The players were asking about going more direct. I asked them, and we all said to the manager: ‘Can we play a bit more direct sometimes?’ We have a style of play where we keep the ball a lot, but knew we needed to take more responsibility, play to my strengths more, and they did it perfectly.”
“We mixed up how we played a bit more, at times we were a bit more direct. For me that makes it easier, because when I am one v one, running on a defender, that gives me a better chance.”