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Romelu Lukaku's red-hot form takes him to seven goals in six for Everton

Published 08/12/2015 | 11:46

Romelu Lukaku notched his 50th Everton goal on Monday night
Romelu Lukaku notched his 50th Everton goal on Monday night

Romelu Lukaku's red-hot form continued on Monday night as the Everton forward netted for the sixth successive match in all competitions.

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The Belgian rescued a point for the Toffees with an 81st-minute finish against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park to take his tally for the calendar year to 27 goals, while it was also his 50th Everton goal in 100 appearances.

Here, Press Association Sport details his current scoring streak.


Lukaku was part of a brilliant performance in a 6-2 victory over Sam Allardyce's Black Cats at Goodison. Strike partner Arouna Kone grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick but Lukaku, who would have flicked in the third had Sebastian Coates not beaten him to it, got in on the act to score the fourth. He collected Gerard Deulofeu's defence-splitting pass, knocked it around Costel Pantilimon and rolled into the net.


Prior to this trip to London, Lukaku had scored in each of his previous six games against the Hammers as an Everton player. Roberto Martinez's side were trailing to a classy finish from Manuel Lanzini but they were able to rely on their big Belgian to produce the goods again in a 1-1 draw. It was a carbon copy of his strike against Sunderland, Deulofeu again supplying the pass as Adrian was the goalkeeper made to look foolish this time.


The only double of Lukaku's scoring run came against Aston Villa on an afternoon when Ross Barkley also bagged a brace as the Toffees routed the struggling midlands club 4-0. Lukaku's first was a header directed into the far corner from Seamus Coleman's right-wing cross and he rounded off a brilliant team move, involving both Deulofeu and Barkley, to stroke in his second and Everton's fourth.


It was the Deulofeu-and-Lukaku connection again on the south coast to put the visitors 2-0 up in a thrilling contest that would end 3-3 following dramatic late goals at either end. The Barcelona graduate spotted Lukaku's run off Steve Cook and the Belgian took one touch, continued to hold off the defender and rifled in a near-post finish past Australia international Adam Federici in the Bournemouth goal.


Lukaku's purple patch stretched from November into December as he doubled the Toffees' advantage in a 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Middlesbrough to send the Merseysiders through to the semi-finals. No prizes for guessing who supplied the cross as Lukaku glanced Deulofeu's fine near-post delivery into the far corner in a manner reminiscent of his first goal against Aston Villa.


It had looked like being one of those nights for both Lukaku and Everton as they failed to convert their second-half dominance into goals. The hosts' centre-forward had hit a post and the crossbar either side of Scott Dann's headed opener, but when Deulofeu drilled a ball across the six-yard box, Lukaku was on hand to turn home from close range to keep the streak alive and score his 50th Toffees goal in his 100th outing for the club.

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