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Everton grabbed their first Premier League win of the season with a 2-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion this weekend. Kevin Mirallas scored the second goal with a lucky shot from the edge of the box which slipped through the fingers of Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster, and the Belgian was relieved to get their first three points of the campaign.
"The most important thing was to win the game. The team played very well," the Belgian international said. "After the game against Chelsea it was difficult but the team has been training hard and prepared really well. At West Brom, we scored two goals and kept a clean sheet. It was a great day."
Mirallas' compatriot Romelu Lukaku scored the opener against his former club with a superb right footed shot, which was the striker's first goal since penning a permanent deal from Chelsea. The 21-year-old is still tipped for the top despite his exit from Stamford Bridge, and Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard says Lukaku wants to the best player in the world.
"He wants to be the best footballer in the world, he really does," Howard said. "That's what he thinks of himself. He gets his head down and he works, and we push him. He's electric, he's alive, he celebrates goals in training, everything counts to him. Everything matters. That's what you want to see. There are too many young kids that take it for granted. Romelu doesn't. He cost a lot of money but he is not arrogant, he is hungry."
Everton's attention now turns to this week's Europa League fixture against Wolfsburg. Some teams have found juggling Premier League and Europa League commitments difficult in recent years and have subsequently fielded weakened sides in the Europa League - but Everton boss Roberto Martinez says his side won't be taking the competition lightly.
"We are not a team who wants to moan about the number of games or talk about the Europa League in a disrespectful manner. We worked really hard for 12 months to get in this position," said Martinez. The squad is ready. We’re going to be stretched, pushed to the limit, but I do think that’s the only way we can fulfil our potential and learn a lot about ourselves, facing teams like Wolfsburg and Lille and Krasnodar."