Everton FC skipper Phil Neville stoked up for a New Year goal

01 January 2011 08:00
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PHIL NEVILLE is determined to try and build on his infrequent goal tally in 2011 - starting today at Stoke City.

The Everton skipper's New Year's resolution is to hit the back of the net for the first time since April 2008 against Aston Villa, and he will accept a scuffed effort if it helps win three points.

The former England star knows Everton must vastly improve on their results from the first half of the season to fulfil his other aim - rapidly improving their league position.

He said: 'I just want to score. I have had my celebration worked out for more than two years! I have got everything in place. If I can get one this year then great, if not my aim will be this decade.

'The first half of the year was fantastic. The period when Landon Donovan was here was amazing. I think in that spell when he was here we beat Manchester United, Chelsea, drew with Arsenal and beat Man City twice - that was a special period for the club.

'Another high point has to be the trip to Australia,' he added. 'I had always wanted to visit the country and it was amazing. Also to see how popular Tim Cahill and Everton are over there was an eye-opener.

'And from a personal point of view to stay pretty much injury free was really pleasing and I am really hoping for more of the same in 2011.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo