Romelu Lukaku let Norwich City off lightly insists Everton chief Roberto Martinez

Romelu Lukaku wasted a number of chances to add to his Everton opener at Carrow Road. Picture by Pau

Romelu Lukaku wasted a number of chances to add to his Everton opener at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Roberto Martinez insisted Romelu Lukaku let Norwich City off lightly after the Everton frontman maintained his potent strike rate at Carrow Road.

Lukaku became the first Evertonian in 40 years to score in seven consecutive league matches when he headed home Gerard Deulofeu's cross but the Belgian spurned further chances to embellish his growing tally prior to the interval.

'On another day he would have scored four goals, or a hat-trick,' said Martinez. 'That's where you judge a striker. It's the amount of threat that he carries. I thought the clear-cut chances he produced was a very positive sign.

'It's been another top performance from him. It's just making sure he keeps creating chances, because it's very rare that he's not going to convert more than the one he did here. As a team we know we've got incredible individuals. Probably some of the best young players in European football. What we need to do is become a team that can control games and make sure we finish with a win, rather than just performing well and dropping points.

'Overall the performance leaves you with a feeling of disappointment, because that should have been a three-point performance.'

Martinez was convinced Everton should have been out of sight before Norwich's second half surge.

'Football can be cruel at times and it was in this game,' he said. 'In terms of controlling our own destiny I thought the performance was really strong, especially in the first half. We were well in control, we scored our goal and probably had enough chances to kill the game off.

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'Then second half we had to defend two corners and one ends up in the back of the net. We then didn't find that extra bit of luck in front of goal.

'In terms of performance, it was very similar to Crystal Palace the other night. It's a dominant performance that deserved victory but we have now dropped four points and that's where we need to grow quickly. We have to turn these draws into wins.'

Martinez, however, also hailed the Toffees' first half mastery.

'That was as good as you are going to see from an away team in this league,' he said. 'Nobody hands you performances like that and I thought we were outstanding, not just what we did on the ball, creating the amount of chances we created, but the way we defended and the way we restricted Norwich.

'Norwich had no threat whatsoever but you will always get the home team having some kind of say. Norwich could have been out of the game at half-time but we gave them a little bit of hope. Then the belief and momentum goes into them with the goal. But we still carried on looking for the victory and did so until the last kick of the game.'

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