Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Arsenal

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The King Power Stadium

Last Game

Leicester 2 - 2 Everton

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Naismith to build on goal

Steven Naismith has expressed his delight at getting off the mark for Everton but knows he will have to keep working hard to establish himself in the team.

Last Updated: 30/10/12 at 09:28 Post Comment

Steven Naismith: Looking to go from strength to strength

Steven Naismith: Looking to go from strength to strength

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Scotland international, a summer signing from Rangers, scored his first goal for the club in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

He has had to wait patiently for opportunities since arriving at Goodison Park but now hopes to push on and go from strength to strength.

"At least I'm off the mark now for Everton and I can build on it," he said. "This first period is about settling in and getting used to the training.

"I never came expecting to play every week. But I work hard every day to get back to where I was before and this was just another step towards that."

Liverpool were unhappy about having to settle for a draw after having a late goal disallowed, but Naismith believes Everton were due some good luck.

He said: "We've been on the other side of that a few times this season - Newcastle at Goodison and Wigan away - when decisions went against us. Over the course of the season, it measures itself out."

Everton lost Kevin Mirallas to injury at half-time against Liverpool, and Naismith admits it became harder to create opportunities without the in-form Belgian.

"Kevin was our main direct threat in the derby in terms of driving at defenders and it showed with the amount of chances he was creating for himself and others," he explained.

"Losing him at half-time in the game was a blow, but Liverpool changed their system in the second half as well and it became a bit scrappy with a lot of fouls - the game kept getting stopped which didn't help.

"Looking back, there was some great play from us too - switching sides and with Kevin being a massive threat creating chances.

"When you've got guys like Kevin, Felli [Marouane Fellaini] and Jelavic, you know they're going to put the ball in there and it gives us a chance to gamble on being on the end of it."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

that man
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

I

know it's only one game, and Arsenal have got an amazing midfield as is; but seriously, is Arsene Wenger the only person on Earth who doesn't want Cesc at their club?

Ezy_Rider
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

P

S - 'Squeezes [English] out of his mouth like it's an elastic band he's found in his lamb bhuna' - bravo. Marvellous stuff

Ezy_Rider
Football Managers On TV: Paul Lambert

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn't regret not signing Cesc Fabregas

Arsene Wenger is adamant there are no regrets about not re-signing former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas this summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed under-fire Jack Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed midfielder Jack Wilshere to prove the doubters wrong.

Premier League: Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal can cope with physical challenge of title rivals

Aaron Ramsey is confident Arsenal will meet the physical challenge presented by rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property