By Emma Sanders

Romelu Lukaku has revealed the message his teammates shared at half-time during Everton’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

The forward scored the first goal at the Etihad and broke the deadlock before Sergio Aguero pulled one back for the hosts.

Two penalty saves from Maarten Stekelenburg provided the heroics which allowed Everton to take away a point from the clash against the league leaders.

Lukaku told the Liverpool Echo newspaper, that his side had to be mentally tough and it was their upbeat messages at half-time which proved crucial.

“When you’re under pressure like that against the best team in the league at the moment you have to be tough mentally and defend well,” said Lukaku.

“Be as a team.

“That’s what we told each other at half-time. We had to encourage each other and be positive.

“We had to be patient, defend well and take our chances,” he added.

The message appeared to have worked for Lukaku, who scored in the 64th minute, just 19 minutes after the break.

It was Lukaku’s sixth league goal of the season, putting him second in the top goal-scorers list behind Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

The 23 year-old was linked with a move away from Goodison Park in the summer but remained with Ronald Koeman despite heavy speculation.

The Blues’ currently sit in sixth position in the Premier League table, above Manchester United and Southampton and are just a point behind their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool who have a game in hand.

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