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15 Sep 2013 15:47:03

Naismith keen to grasp chance

Forward Steven Naismith is looking to kick-start his Everton career after 12 months of frustration.

The Scotland international scored the match-winning goal to beat Chelsea 1-0, which got the Roberto Martinez era properly under way after three successive draws.

And while things may be new for the Spanish manager, who succeeded long-time boss David Moyes this summer, Naismith also feels he is facing a fresh challenge.

Despite making 35 appearances, scoring four goals, in his maiden campaign last season following a move from Rangers, he did not really find his form.

However, the arrival of Martinez has given the whole squad a boost and, although competition for places is now tougher after the new manager's restructuring, Naismith is keen to make his mark.

Injury to Steven Pienaar allowed the Scot to make his first league start since scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on the final day of last season, and he knows he has to work hard to keep his place.

"Last season was my first season back from a knee injury, which takes time, plus it was my first season back at a new club which takes time," he told Press Association Sport.

"At previous clubs I've taken time to settle so hopefully this can be the start.

"It was unfortunate for Steven Pienaar to be injured but it opened up the door for me to get my chance and hopefully I can carry that on and get selected again.

"You have to earn your place. When you come to a club like Everton and you are competing for European football, you expect the quality to be high and for there to be competition for places.


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