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Naismith Looking Forward

Scot wants Blues to bounce back strongly against Oldham.

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Steven Naismith is confident Everton can dust themselves off and bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Norwich by booking a place in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

Despite dominating for large spells, the Blues conceded twice in the final few minutes at Carrow Road as goals from Kei Kamara and Grant Holt cancelled out Leon Osman's first-half opener.

Oldham travel to Goodison Park for a cup replay on Tuesday evening, with a last-eight home tie against Wigan the prize for the victors.

“As a team we are disappointed because of the kind of goals we lost,' Naismith told evertontv. “It's a real disappointment and I think more so because we probably controlled the game for the first hour. After that Norwich probably went a bit more direct and the two boys up front caused us a few problems.

“We've got a big week ahead of us now. We've just got to put this to one side and put on a professional performance on Tuesday.

“There's a routine the squad follows after games and it will just be a case of getting back on to that. We'll probably talk about the mistakes we've made and try to rectify that for the next game.”

Substitute Kamara replaced fellow January arrival Luciano Becchio shortly before the hour mark and caused Everton problems even before notching his first goal in English football with a powerful downward header six minutes from time.

“He did,” Naismith agreed. “But I don't think we can pinpoint one player coming on for them, I think we've just got to look at our own performance. We've had possession for an hour of the game, comfortable possession, and not created as many chances as we should have. In the end, that's cost us.

“But a team of our experience should be able to see the game out and the boys are disappointed for that fact alone."

Ahead of the fixture, Naismith spoke of his desire to earn more game time and was duly handed his first start since mid-January in place of the injured Victor Anichebe.  

The Scotland international understands the importance of grasping his opportunities to shine and hopes to feature more with important Premier League outings against Reading, Arsenal and Manchester City on the horizon.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and it's times like those that I've got to take my chances," he said. "With it being a defeat it's not the best result for me personally. I felt I did okay though and hopefully I can continue on a run now."

Tickets for Tuesday's visit of Oldham are now on general sale. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878. Alternatively, visit the Park End Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or Ticket Quarter in Queen Square.

Alec WalkerYou should feel sorry for Jelavic, he is constantly outside the area where he used to score goals !!!

Sunday 24th February 14:23 Report Comment

Jake JonesUnfair to play this lad out of position constantly

Sunday 24th February 12:26 Report Comment
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