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Naismith On The Up

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Evertonians are starting to see the real Steven Naismith.

That's the opinion of the man himself, who has enjoyed extended playing time under Roberto Martinez since the Spaniard took over in June.

Naismith endured a difficult first season at Goodison Park as he battled to regain fitness following a serious knee injury suffered during his time with Glasgow Rangers.

But his memorable match-winner against Chelsea at Goodison Park last month was followed up by a strike against Fulham and another against Croatia on international duty.

And the forward believes he's finally getting back to something like his best.

"It's been an okay season from me so far," Naismith told evertontv.

"I had a good pre-season which was the main thing for me, but at the start of the season I wasn't in the team.

"You have to work hard and show the manager you are ready when called upon. That happened when Steven Pienaar got injured about six weeks ago and I've been in the team since. We've had some really good results, I've scored a few goals and it's all kind of fallen into place.

"There's a real competition for places here. At a Club like this you have to work really hard every day in training just to be involved with the squad.

"Hopefully over the course of this season and the length of my contract the fans will see the best of me."

With the Blues receiving numerous plaudits for their attacking nature and flexibility on the pitch this season, Naismith believes Martinez's new-look system is better suited to the forwards in the squad.

He added: "For me there's probably a bit more freedom the way he plays with one main striker and more supporting players. That gives you more freedom to go about and find spaces on the pitch.

"Under the former manager, we were a bit more set-up and organised and you had a role you had to play, rather than being more free to express yourself.

"That's the biggest difference for me."

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