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27th Dec, 2016 | 2:20pm

Romelu Lukaku identifies reason for Everton victory against Leicester

By Will Butcher

Romelu Lukaku believes Everton’s 2-0 triumph over Premier League champions Leicester City was down to possession.

According to BBC Sport, the Toffees enjoyed 14 per cent more possession than their opponents, occupying control of the ball for 57 per cent of the time.

Lukaku, who scored Everton’s second goal, was quoted by the Merseyside giants’ official Twitter account as saying Ronald Koeman’s side dominated the Boxing Day encounter.

“It was a good win,” Lukaku said. “We controlled the game and had most of the possession.

“Now we have to keep going and look forward to the next match.”

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Lukaku rounded off the away victory at the King Power Stadium with a wonderfully placed finish past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, after placing the ball into the bottom corner.

The Belgium international has scored 10 goals in 18 league and cup games this season for the Toffees, playing a crucial part in Ronald Koeman’s side this season.

Currently sitting in seventh position in the Premier League, Everton have started to replicate similar form from the start of the season that saw them sit in the Champions League places.

Wins against Arsenal and Leicester have pushed the Toffees back up the table, but they will be looking to beat Hull on Friday in order to close the gap on sixth placed Manchester United who are sixth.

A win against Mike Phelan’s struggling Hull will see Everton move to within four points of Jose Mourinho’s side, if United lose to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

In other Everton news, this proven Premier League goalscorer is high on the agenda of Koeman.