Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has vowed to make up for Tuesday night's FA Cup heartbreak by beating former club West Brom on Monday night.
In one of the most dramatic FA Cup matches this decade, a valiant 10-man Everton held on to set up a penalty shootout – before losing right at the death thanks to West Ham goalkeeper Adrian’s winning spot-kick.
But Everton will be proud of their efforts though having played the majority of the tie at Upton Park with ten men after Aiden McGeady was sent off before the hour-mark for a second bookable offence.
“We created a lot of chances and pressed them well,” Lukaku told reporters. “We feel unlucky to have lost.
“With 10 men we showed great character and still played good football even then. When Kevin and Brian came on they did a good job.
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“The defence was very good too and although I'm sad for the loss it's promising for the coming games.
“We need to keep our head up. It's heart-breaking but the performance is promising for the fans and for us as players.
“We need to take our revenge and take our energy out against West Brom.
Still a Baggies boy?
But the Belgian striker may find it hard to be too harsh on the Baggies after he spent a successful loan season at the Hawthorns in 2012/13 scoring 17 goals in 35 Premier League appearances.
And with Tony Pulis’ arrival in the West Midlands, West Brom have proved harder to break down than ever.
But Lukaku will be relying especially on the spirit of his team which until recent weeks had been sadly missing from Roberto Martinez’s side.
The Romance of the cup
“We showed a lot of character. If we'd have had 11 on the pitch I think we'd have won it. I felt they were a bit lucky with the goals they had. The ones we scored were pure quality moments from Kevin and overall we played well.”
The Toffees were behind for most of the second half before a stunning free-kick from Kevin Mirallas pulled them level with less than ten minutes left.
Extra-time goals from Romelu Lukaku and Carlton Cole set up the epic shoot-out, which saw unlikely hero Adrian score the winning spot-kick.