Everton boss has nothing but praise for two-goal hero

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has lavished praise on star midfielder Ross Barkley, who scored two penalties in their 3-0 victory over Newcastle United on Wednesday, according to reports from the Mirror.

Barkley was at the central of the Toffees attacking play and ended the game with a brace, helping Everton to only their second win in their last 11 league games.

Aaron Lennon struck the opening goal early in the first half, and the winger won a penalty in the 83rd minute to give Everton the chance to seal all three points.

Barkley stepped up and made no mistake, and during injury time won one himself that saw him do a ‘Panenka’ to complete the route.

And Martinez was delighted with Barkley’s display, with the England international midfielder playing his 100th league game at the age of just 22.

“100 games in the league at 22 is not easy to achieve and he is playing a big role in the team,” he said.

“He’s a phenomenal footballer, a phenomenal person. He took responsibility with both penalties and showed how he is an assured, technical footballer.”

“It is fair to say we are learning from painful lessons. We started the game well and were strong in all departments,” he added.

“We showed a mature way of playing. Back to back clean sheets now and the team has the intent to please our fans and show what we can do.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was extremely disappointed, with the Magpies still in the relegation zone two points from safety.

“In the first half we were never really in it,” McClaren said.

“The new signings will take time to gel. At West Brom we will have 52,000 cheering us on and we will have to show a reaction.

“We have shown we can react before. Fans want to see fight and we need to show it on Saturday.”