Reason for optimism at Everton, despite just one win in four

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Everton have just one victory to their name so far this season, but there is reason for optimism at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have shipped 10 goals during a jittery start to the new campaign, six of which came against current league leaders Chelsea, and with only five points from four matches, supporters have a right to be anxious

Despite their defensive frailties, however, the Toffees have scored freely and manager Roberto Martinez can take solitude in the notion that his side are the Premier League's second highest scorers, to date.

  #GoalsPlayed
Chelsea 1 15 4
Everton 2 9 4
Swansea City 3 8 4
Tottenham Hotspur 4 7 4
Southampton 5 8 4

Steven Naismith currently leads the club's goal charts with three strikes to his name. Once the subject of various jokes at Goodison, the Scottish midfielder has made himself an indispensable asset throughout the opening weeks of the campaign.

Belgian international Kevin Mirallas has contributed a further two goals, while Seamus Coleman, Samuel Eto'o, Romelu Lukaku and Aiden McGeady, all of whom have scored once, complete the collection. 

  TeamPosGoalsAppsMins
Steven Naismith Everton FW 3 4 360
Kevin Mirallas Everton MF 2 4 274
Seamus Coleman Everton DF 1 4 275
Samuel Eto'o Everton FW 1 1 20
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 1 4 323
Aiden McGeady Everton MF 1 4 257

A clean sheet and a hard-fought three points versus the Baggies has seen the feel good factor return to Goodison Park, and Martinez even reserved praise for his back-four during his post-match interview; evidence that, he too, previously had his concerns. 

“I thought the performance was outstanding. The first three games, we showed really good signs on the ball and I think today some of the combination play and some of the attacking play was outstanding.

“But the pleasing aspect today was how well we defended. It was a real joy to see us back to our best because you have to give credit to this West Brom side, they wanted to make it a really open game, pressed us really high, and that’s why we saw such an open game and a great game of football.

“From our point of view, delighted to see the other side, the defensive intensity that we always have but unfortunately in the previous three games we couldn’t show.”

The Spaniard will naturally take positives from his side's ability to hit the back of the net, while hoping that the club's defensive weaknesses are a thing of the past. If the players wish to match, or even improve on, last season's fifth placed finish, then this will have to be the case.

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