Frustrated West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku today claimed he was “not good enough” despite hitting both Baggies goals in their remarkable giveaway at Reading.
The on-loan Chelsea teenager earned rave reviews for his double strike as Steve Clarke’s men squandered a 2-0 lead with nine minutes to go to lose 3-2.
But the 19-year-old Belgium international, who also hit the woodwork twice, revealed he was “devastated."
He said: "If you score two goals and don’t win it doesn’t matter. I play football to win and we lost.
"I scored two goals but it wasn’t enough for the win so I am devastated and disappointed. It means I have to work harder for the next game and that’s what I will do.
“We lost. It means I didn’t work hard enough and I didn’t score the other opportunities that I had or make the maximum of them.
“Things are going in the right direction and I’m scoring a few more goals but we didn’t win and, if I score and we don’t win, that doesn’t really count for me.
"I want to score goals and win as well and next time I need to work harder and do better for the team.”
Lukaku’s goals came just days after the deadline for a potential recall to Stamford Bridge passed, meaning he will definitely end the season at the Hawthorns.
The former Anderlecht man has reiterated his interest in extending his stay for another year’s loan.
He is hoping talks can begin between new sporting and technical director Richard Garlick and his Stamford Bridge counterparts next month.
He said: "Hopefully, after the January window we will start talking about that, which would be good for me. It’s very important for me to play.”