Steven Naismith believes Everton FC should have grabbed a derby victory after fighting their way back in thrilling fashion from conceding two early goals.
The Scotland international’s first Blues strike put David Moyes’ men back on level pegging at Goodison, and Naismith reckons their subsequent dominance meant they should have taken three points.
Naismith, 26, insists Everton must take the positives from their spirited response to a Leighton Baines’ own goal and Luis Suarez strike – and hopes his own contribution will be the first of many.
He said: “We’re probably sitting there a wee bit disappointed with a 2-2 draw because we did so well in the second half of the first half. We were looking to win it, not draw, but the fight back shows the character in the squad.
“It wasn’t a great first 20 minutes to go 2-0 down. The game hadn’t really started and we didn’t start well, so to be 2-0 down was tough. But I’ve played in enough derbies to know it can all change in an instant and a great strike from Ossie turned it and gave us the momentum. Then I’ve managed to get a goal which helped the cause. From then to half time we were the team pushing. If the half had lasted longer I think we’d have been the team to get the next goal.”
The former Rangers forward was nickname ‘Kid Goals’ at his first club Kilmarnock and was relieved to have opened his account on Merseyside.
“I’m getting a bit old to be ‘Kid Goals’ but scoring is the best part of the game,” he said.
“I love doing it. I got my fair share at Rangers so at least I’m off the mark now for Everton and I can build on it.