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Everton's Calvert-Lewin talks up Lukaku's 'top' ability

Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton in his first match since declaring he wouldn't sign a new contract Credit: PA

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin believes Romelu Lukaku's landmark late two-goal salvo enhanced his credentials as a top striker.

The Belgium international had been well marshalled by Hull's Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire but after Tom Huddlestone was sent off he managed to score twice in added time in the 4-0 win.

Both times the 23-year-old confidently beat goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, showing his questions over the club's ambition and refusal to sign a new contract have not affected his appetite for goals.

He now has 21 Premier League goals for the season, the first Everton player to break the 20-mark since Gary Lineker in 1986 - who subsequently left for Barcelona - and has equalled the great Bob Latchford's 1977-78 record of scoring in seven successive home matches.

And Calvert-Lewin believes it showcases how Lukaku is among the game's elite.

He is so powerful and nine times out of 10 you back him to score when he is through on goal and he showed that to grab two goals in the 90th minute.

That is what differentiates a top player from not a top player.

He found it tough for 90 minutes and in the last five he has scored two and that shows he is always on his toes and ready to go.

We have the momentum behind us at the moment.

Our home record speaks for itself. We are very confident at home and we have shown that again.

You play to finish as high in the table as you can but we have to focus on the next game and then the rest will take care of itself.

– Dominic Calvert-Lewin

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Eddie Howe hails Bournemouth's in-form strikers

Josh King and Benik Afobe have been in good scoring form Credit: PA

Eddie Howe praised his Bournemouth hitmen as Benik Afobe landed a knockout blow to Swansea and all-but secure the Cherries' Premier League status.

After strike partner Joshua King had hit nine goals in his last 10 league outings, Afobe took centre-stage to sink the Swans with a second-half strike after his earlier shot had been deflected past his own goalkeeper by the unwitting Alfie Mawson.

The 2-0 win, coupled with the fighting victory over West Ham last weekend in which King scored a hat-trick, means Bournemouth now sit nine points clear of the bottom three.

Bournemouth dominated proceedings against a nervous Swansea outfit, who offered very little in attack despite the visitors being able to name Fernando Llorente as their main striker.

Afobe had only hit three goals before today but has been recalled into Howe's side in recent weeks and repaid the faith in his manager with a match-winning display, which left his boss happy with his striker.

I am delighted for him, Afobe, as I was for Josh last week.

To have goalscorers doing their job and putting the ball in the net for us is massive, it's massive for any team.

The confidence that you can score goals in any moment, that you have the ability to open up defences. I thought his second goal tonight was a really good finish at a big moment in the game.

– Eddie Howe

West Ham chairman apologises to fans for defeat

West Ham were beaten 3-2 at home by Leicester City Credit: PA

David Sullivan has apologised to West Ham's fans following the 3-2 defeat at home to Leicester.

The Hammers' joint-chairman gave manager Slaven Bilic a stark warning last week, following the 3-2 loss at Bournemouth, that they had to stop conceding early goals.

It seems the message did not get through, though, as they found themselves 2-0 down after just seven minutes.

Sullivan now admits West Ham's next three games are "vital" as they try to arrest their slide and took to the club's website to apologise to supporters.

I think all we can do after Saturday's defeat is say is 'sorry' to the supporters.

To be 2-0 down after seven minutes of any football match, be it in the Premier League or in your local Sunday League, makes it very difficult to get a positive result.

In parts of the second half we were very good. But, we need to be good before we are losing.

We have to find out why we are conceding so many goals and fix it because it is obviously harder to win games when you concede two or three goals in a game than if you keep a clean sheet.

The next few games now become vital for our season. We go to Hull City, then to Arsenal, before we welcome Swansea City to London Stadium.

– David Sullivan
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