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Home Turf So Good For Naisy

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

The Goodison Park atmosphere is rightly vaunted throughout football for its loyalty, passion and sheer volume.
 
The Evertonians provide unstinted backing week-in, week-out, but for one new Blue recruit the introduction to life in L4 has been particularly notable.

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On his first appearance at the grand old stadium, Steven Naismith snaffled a 30-minute hat-trick before watching the place go mental as Tony Hibbert broke an 11-year scoring duck.
 
The next time the Scot stepped on to the famous turf, Everton were about to record a scintillating win over Manchester United in front of their rambunctious fans.
 
"If they can continue in that vein I will be pleased," Naismith smiled in understated fashion during an interview with evertontv.
 
"They have been two great games with two great atmospheres. Tomorrow night will not be as big a crowd but if we can start well, push on and create chances then I am sure the crowd will be noisy."
 
Since his last Goodison outing Naismith has made his full Everton debut, setting up the first goal in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
 
"It was good," he said. "I maybe didn't expect to get a start so quickly but it came around and I was delighted to be involved and we played some really good stuff.

Steven Naismith celebrates his hat-trick goal
 
"We have got quality players in there and the manager has given us a bit of freedom to move about and get into small pockets and for the first goal I managed to do that. It was a good start and one I can hopefully build on."
 
Naismith's next chance to enhance his burgeoning reputation comes when League One Leyton Orient rock up at Goodison in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening.
 
"I think we have to push on and keep the momentum going," he said. "We will probably be expected to win but they will come and try to make it hard for us. We will need to start fast and at a good tempo.
 
"It would be nice to get a first senior start. I have to take each game as it comes. I played an hour or so on Saturday and if I can get a good bit of playing time it is going to help me."
 
The Scotland international's previous club, Rangers, were regulars in the latter stages of cup competitions and it's a habit Naismith is hoping not to break.
 
"The manager wants you to be competing in every competition," he continued. "This is the first cup we play in and we need to do a professional job. There's no point doing well in the league and shooting yourself in the foot in the cup."

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