Steven Pienaar believes Everton’s Euro win can kick-start Premier League campaign

18 September 2009 07:00
Steven Pienaar scores against Sigma Olomouc

STEVEN PIENAAR today hailed Everton's emphatic start to their Europa League adventure - and hopes it will now kick their domestic campaign into life.

The Blues - who completed the signing of Lucas Neill yesterday on a one-year deal - took control of Group I last night with a 4-0 win over AEK Athens at Goodison Park.

South African midfielder Pienaar was the star of an emphatic performance, scoring the third goal and causing untold problems for the Greeks with his guile and industry.

It was the perfect antidote to the disappointing performance at Fulham last Sunday - the only disappointment was an injury time red card for Louis Saha - but Pienaar will not be happy unless it sparks a revival in Everton's Premier League fortunes.

'We needed to get three points, we are now top of the league and the team did well,' said Pienaar, who described his goal as 'the best' he has scored for Everton.

'There was a lot to be happy about. We kept a clean sheet and if you don't concede goals, you have much more of a chance of winning games.

'We got two quick goals (from Joseph Yobo and Sylvain Distin) in the first half and after that we started to play with confidence. I think that showed.

'It is important for us to keep winning now and stay focused. All the guys are going to have a role to play and we have to take it into the Blackburn game.

'It's annoying when you wake up in the morning, look at the table in the newspapers and see us down the bottom. We need to get some points.'

With Benfica beating Bate Borisov, a positive result in Minsk in a fortnight would give Everton an outstanding chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

Source: Liverpool_Echo