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Round Praises Blues' Attitude

Assitant boss happy with Blues application and new boy Mirallas.

Round Praises Blues' Attitude

Steve Round praised Everton's attitude as they saw off Leyton Orient with five unanswered goals at Goodison Park.

The Blues were four to the good by half-time as they carved open the League One side at will, Kevin Mirallas grabbing a brace on his home debut coupled with goals from Leon Osman, Victor Anichebe and Magaye Gueye.

But Round saluted the professionalism of the players, happy that they followed the Club mantra that ‘performance follows attitude'.

He told evertonfc.com: "If you get the attitude right then the performance will be right as well. Ours was good right from the first whistle.

"The players all want to play; they're fit, injury free and enjoying playing with each other. Because of that we are getting some real flow and cohesion. We had top seniors down the spine of the team and their attitude was spot on. They wouldn't expect anything less than the correct attitude in a game like this."

The headline-maker though was summer signing Mirallas, with the Belgian's pair of fine finishes arguably the goals of the night.

"Kevin gave us a cameo of what he's about with his speed, his movement and his finishing," added Round. "He showed why he was one of the top goalscorers in Greece.

"That is why we have got him at the Club. He tired quite badly in the second half but we expected that. He missed quite a chunk of pre-season with a knee injury. He's not really up to speed yet but he is getting there."

Round also added that skipper Phil Neville's withdrawal was a precautionary measure.

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