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Seamus Coleman has challenged himself to score even more goals for Everton this season.

The Republic of Ireland international weighed in seven times from right-back in 2013/14 – and he believes Roberto Martinez’s tactics will allow him to get into more promising positions in the final third again this term.

Coleman opened his account with a far post header against Arsenal on Saturday – the first of what the former Sligo Rovers defender hopes will be another goal-laden campaign.

Coleman told evertontv: “From a personal point of view, it was nice to get a goal. It was a great ball from Gareth Barry and I couldn’t really miss from where I was. It would have been all the more special if we had seen the game out but I’m happy to get off the mark.

“The way we play as full-backs, the manager likes us to get into advanced positions and try and get around at the back post. I did that a couple of times last season.

“The manager wants me to kick-on again. Every year you want to improve on the previous year so that means keeping my standards high. I have started well with the goal but it’s all about the team at the end of the day.

“It’s hard to say [whether I will score as many as last season] but what is important for me is if the team is winning matches. If I can contribute in any way, then that is brilliant and I will keep getting in and around the back post. Hopefully I can get more because it’s something I want to improve on, definitely.”

Before Everton’s next action against Chelsea on Saturday tea time, Coleman and his Toffees teammates will discover their three opponents in this season’s Europa League group stage.

The draw is made in Monaco on Friday – and 25-year-old full-back can’t wait to find out who Everton will be playing.

“It’s going to be exciting,” added Coleman. “We wanted to get into Europe and it’s something that we are all looking forward to in the changing room.

“We know it is going to be demanding but we are well prepared and hopefully we can get a good draw.”

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