Everton manager Roberto Martinez lauds his side after convincing win against Young Boys

After Everton won 4-1 against Young Boys in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash, manager Roberto Martinez was full of praise for the side, and hat-trick hero Romelu Lukaku, reports Sky Sports.

Everton came from behind against Young Boys in Switzerland to eventually win 4-1 away from home. The Toffees were in good display, and striker Romelu Lukaku silenced his critics with three goals to help the Merseyside club to put one foot into the last-16 of the Europa League.

This season started slowly for the Blues, with Everton struggling for form early into the campaign. But despite their woes in the Premier League, Everton have shone in Europe. Their performance against Young Boys was regarded as one of their best of the season, and now they have a simple task to make it through the next round.

Martinez was pleased with Lukaku’s performance against the Swiss club, and feels that Everton’s showing against Young Boys mirrored their impressive results from the previous campaign. Their form has started to turn around recently, and the Europa League has certainly brought out the best in Everton this season, despite hampering their league form.

“When you see us play (in Europe) it seems we get back to the memories of last season (finishing 5th) – a real enjoyment, bravery and energy in everything we do. We saw today (Lukaku) really makes a difference in front of goal and he’s someone who is going to have a really strong ending to the season,” he said.

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