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'It's Like Having A 12th Man'

Naismith's praise for teammate Coleman.

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Steven Naismith says the non-stop running of Seamus Coleman makes it feel like Everton are playing with an extra man at times.
 
Naismith came off the bench to link up with Coleman towards the end of Saturday's opening home game of the season against West Bromwich Albion.
 
And though the contest resulted in a goalless draw, the 24-year-old Irishman produced another energetic display to follow-up his goalscoring contribution at Norwich.
 
"The manager just told me to try to get forward and get into the box when I could and when Seamus is playing outside you can do that because he acts like a winger himself," Naismith told evertontv.  
 
"He bombs on at every opportunity and I think people see that but they don't necessarily see the other side, which is how good a defender he is first and foremost.
 
"But he effectively becomes a 12th player when he goes forward and so does Bainesy on the other side, and that's probably something that's got us a lot of success at the club in the past few years."
 
Coleman almost broke the deadlock when he forced goalkeeper Ben Foster into a decent first-half save, while also creating a handful of chances for others across the 90 minutes.
 
And Naismith added: "It's important to have that balance that Seamus and Bainesy give you, especially with the way the manager wants us to play.
 
"He wants us to express ourselves going forward and they bring a different type of movement for the defending team to come up against and it creates little spaces for the more forward positioned players to get into."

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