Naismith eager to get going at Everton after breaking scoring duck

The Scotland international hit the equaliser in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool and is adamant that he will continue to improve as he settles into life in the Premier League
Everton striker Steven Naismith insists that there is much more to come from him after scoring the equaliser in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

The former Rangers man struck in his 10th game since moving to Goodison Park and hopes that his goal can spur him on to better things.

He told reporters: "At least I'm off the mark now for Everton and I can build on it. 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."

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The Toffees were perhaps slightly fortuitous as Luis Suarez's seemingly valid strike was ruled out for offside in the dying seconds but Naismith feels that the luck will even itself out over the course of the season.

"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," he argued. "Over the course of the season, it measures itself out."

Kevin Mirallas was singled out by the Scotland international for special praise after tormenting Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom throughout the first half before being withdrawn at half-time with an injury.

"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," Naismith observed.

"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 [Nikica] 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."