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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Steven Naismith puts his second season successes down to being able to operate in a central role.
Naismith has plundered nine goals this term, more than doubling the four he registered in his debut season at Everton.
And he explained that while scoring is a vital part of his game, it’s not all that he’s about.
The Scot told evertontv: “It’s not only the goals, but it definitely plays a part (in how I reflect on the season).”
“The way I play, I try to create goals and get into positions to get chances and you definitely want to be taking them so I am no different.”
Former Rangers man Naismith, 27, revealed he was much happier with this season’s output than he was 12 months previous.
And he attributed the improvement, in part, to the opportunities he has had through the middle.
He continued: “For me I look back each season and see if there needs to be an improvement and this season there has definitely been a bigger improvement than last season when I was getting used to new surroundings and coming back from injury.
“Although I contributed with four goals (in 2012/13), I was very much a bit-part player.
“This season I wanted to improve on that and I have doubled the goals I have scored, I think something else which has helped me is that the manager has played me more centrally.
“That is where I feel more comfortable and I am glad I have been able to show the manager that I have been able to contribute for the team there.
“Overall I have been delighted with the way the second season has gone. Every year I will look to improve and contribute more.”

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