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Asked if Lukaku will face a backlash from anxious Everton fans when the Toffees host Hull on Saturday, Koeman told English newspapers: "I don't think so because we need the support - every player who is starting needs the support".

Substitute Enner Valencia doubled Everton's lead before Lukaku struck twice in stoppage time to take his Premier League tally to 21 for the season.

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Lukaku is said to be refusing to sign a new deal with Everton, with his current contract set to expire in 2019.

"The fans love Rom". Yes, you may be able to hold him back for 85 minutes but then he was focused to the last second.

Asked if if hopes he can keep hold of Lukaku, the Everton boss told BBC Sport: 'You need to have hope in life!

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Lukaku has netted an astounding 19 goals in the top-flight this season, and is showing no real signs of sowing down.

Whatever the Belgium striker decides, the future looks healthy for Everton with several young gems emerging.

It's now just seven points dropped in the last ten games for Everton, with seven wins since the turn of the year as they - possibly temporarily - move up into sixth place in the Premier League table. You can't do it one year, and we try to get the best players, but a lot of them like to play in the Champions League and we are still not playing there'.

"It's great of course, you like to be confident at home".

The result pushes Ronald Koeman's side above Manchester United in sixth while Marco Silva's men find themselves three points adrift in 18th. "In football it's not simple to give always a correct evaluation for players".

"He scored his first goal but it's a whole team performance that matters".

  • Lawrence Cooper