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Pienaar: Hard Work Paid Off

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Delighted Steven Pienaar says stepping off the bench to net Everton's winner against Hull City was the ideal way to put almost two months of frustration behind him.

Pienaar bounced back from five games on the sidelines by steering the ball past Tigers stopper Allan McGregor just 27 seconds after replacing Leon Osman at Goodison Park.

The South African had last featured for the Blues in the goalless draw at Cardiff at the end of August and admitted it was satisfying to see his patience so richly rewarded.

"I think it was a lucky touch but, at the end of the day, it went in and I'm happy we got all three points," said Pienaar.

"For me, after the last seven weeks, it was something I worked hard for and thankfully it paid off.

"It was my first touch and to get a few minutes out on the pitch was amazing as well.

"I came on thinking I'd just take a few minutes to get used to the tempo of the game again, but to get a goal and a win as well is something I'm really happy about."

The 31-year-old also explained the celebration that followed his 56th-minute strike - a fumbled attempt to correct an upside down South Africa flag hanging from the Park End hoardings.

"When I came in before the game I saw the South African flag was upside down and, to be honest, every time I looked over it was just annoying," he joked. "After the goal I went over to try to put it right but I was scared I might get a yellow card so I just left it the way it was!"

Watch highlights of Everton v Hull City here.

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