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by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Everton’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Stevenage left Steven Naismith with mixed feelings at the final whistle.

The Scotland international was on target twice in the win over the League One strugglers but, no stranger to long-term injury himself, his thoughts were immediately with team-mate Bryan Oviedo following his double leg break.

Speaking to evertontv after the fourth round victory, Naismith said he was pleased to have made the most of his chance as the leading striker.

“It was nice to get a couple,” he said. “The manager spoke to me and said he was going to play me through the middle and I was pleased to hear that. I would say that is where I am most comfortable.

“To chip in with a couple of goals shows that I can play that role. Hopefully I have given the gaffer no concerns about putting me there in the future.”

Naismith had a third goal chalked off for offside and admitted he was disappointed not to grab his hat-trick on the night. “When you are on two, you do think you are going to score more goals,” he added.

“I did do that – it was onside! I watched it back after the game.

“But the way we were playing meant we were making spaces for Ossie, Kevin and Aiden to create chances. I am happy to add two more goals but unfortunately I couldn’t get that hat-trick. Overall I am delighted with my performance.”

The game, however, will most likely be remembered for the horrendous injury to Oviedo. Naismith has been in the Costa Rican’s shoes a number of times in his career and has backed the club’s medical department to have the popular Oviedo back in no time.

“All our attentions turn to Bryan,” he insisted. “He is a player that in the past three or four months has shown everyone at Everton what he is capable of.

“For something so nasty to happen like that is not very nice at all.

“But I don’t think he could be at a better club for his rehab. The physios here are great and we have a squad here that will get behind him and give him the confidence Bryan needs to get himself back.”

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