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Heitinga Scoring Pledge

Dutchman desperate to notch first Everton goal.

Heitinga Scoring Pledge
John Heitinga

John Heitinga has pledged to add goals to his armoury as he strives to end his scoring duck for the Blues.

The Dutch international has not found the net since joining the Blues a year ago - with last season the first goalless campaign of his senior career.

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The 26-year-old gained a reputation for spectacular strikes from distance at his previous clubs - and almost netted with a piledriver effort against Wolves at the weekend.

"It is coming," he told evertontv. "Last year was my first year without a goal all season and I am still trying.

"It will definitely come this season and not only one, there will be more than one."

John Heitinga goes close against WolvesJohn Heitinga goes close against Wolves

If the former Ajax and Atletico Madrid player manages to score against Huddersfield on Wednesday it's likely to go a long way towards securing Everton's passage to the next round of the Carling Cup.

And with the final taking place in March, Heitinga already has his eyes on the first silverware to be handed out this season.

"It is the shortest route to a title," he noted. "So we have to win the game on Wednesday and give everything we have got. We have to show our best and if we do we will win the game.

"We need to win and hopefully it will be with good football, but if it is not with good football and you win, that is the most important thing."

Everton weren't able to win on Saturday when Heitinga was the subject of the game's controversial moment.

He felt he was fouled by Adlene Guedioura in the build up to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's equaliser.

He added: "In my eyes it was a foul but the referee didn't give it so you have to deal with it.

"In the end it was 1-1, we were disappointed because we played very well in the first 45 minutes.

"If it is 1-0 you have to finish it by getting the second one. We are not happy with the result but there are still 36 games to go."

CRAIG WEILDINGHard luck lad. Great team spirit to let him take it. He will score soon.

Wednesday 25th August 22:38 Report Comment

Ciaran RedmondHopefully he'll have used up all his bad luck tonight. Still a hard working player. Go Johnny!

Wednesday 25th August 22:33 Report Comment

Rose WilliamsOh johnny .......... ur playing a blinder tonight !

Wednesday 25th August 21:38 Report Comment

Ciaran RedmondThat's not breaking a duck more like choking a chicken :(

Wednesday 25th August 20:56 Report Comment

Rose WilliamsWrong end Johnny !!

Wednesday 25th August 20:45 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGScoring goals isnt your job. But you came close the other day. i can tell it bothers you not scoring because you acted VERY annoyed after your attempt. Heitinga is ace.

Tuesday 24th August 18:38 Report Comment

Gaz Seftoni think Jonny can play anywhere along the back four, and as a DM, he will score at some point!!! COYB, lets get the typical slow start over with!!!

Tuesday 24th August 17:21 Report Comment

Chris BannantyneI can't fault Heitinga as a DM or at CB, I think he is one of our best players. I think I would be more inclined to play him at CB though, he killed it there last season, may as well continue a good thing.

Tuesday 24th August 15:02 Report Comment

Malcolm BubbAm I the only one who prefers Heitinga as a DM!? He is our most disciplined DM. Enables the other midfielders to concentrate on creation.

Tuesday 24th August 14:41 Report Comment

Austin TiernanAfter two games against mid table opposition at best, this is how bad it has got, that we have our CB promising to add goals. Thanks a lot Jonny but you cant do both. We don't expect you to score goals.

Tuesday 24th August 14:34 Report Comment

Wai Kin Lowheitinga, you are better play as a defender than a midfielder...you seems to make some rash tackle when you are a DM...with you and jags holiding the backline, clean sheets will come for sure...let others in charge of the goals ok?

Tuesday 24th August 13:36 Report Comment

Paul Howellstotally agree with Kennie Knowles. Heitinga is much better and much more effective at centre half. As nice a guy as I'm sure Distin is Johnny and Jags should be our centre half pairing. Although to be fair I thought Distin played well against wolves and from what I hear about the Blackburn game he was about the best of a bad bunch there. But I still think drop Johnny into centre back and have either Maro or Rodders in the holding midfield role. Especially as both them players are excellent defensive midfielders but are also both excellent and pushing up and supporting the attack if and when necessary and I'm sure they will both bag plenty of goals from midfield. Would be nice for Johnny to get his first at a packed Goodison though.

Tuesday 24th August 13:17 Report Comment

kennie knowlesNot bothered about your goals Jonny. I want to see you in the back four stopping them like second half of last season, you were quality. Midfield is not your position, we have rods, fellaini and mikel for that. sorry but distin has to give way for Jonny, Moyes knows it but he's too nice to do so.

Tuesday 24th August 12:26 Report Comment

Eran Rosariadont worry mate, your goals will come for sure too bad about the wolves game, that would have been some start. if you can improve in your second season here , it is gonna be a great season . All the best, rooting for ya my man!!!

Tuesday 24th August 12:20 Report Comment
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