Everton's Naismith: We've done shown this in every game

Steven Naismith has praised his team's attacking displays so far this season.

Everton may have started this season in poor form, but striker Steven Naismith is taking the positives.

The Toffees finished fifth in the Premier League table last season, but they are languishing in the bottom half in the early stages of this campaign.

However, Naismith believes that their attacking play has still been good, and that they have been punished for individual mistakes.

The Scottish striker scored against Manchester United on Sunday, but he could not stop his side from falling to a 2-1 defeat. Naismith, though, was keen not to get to down about his side's disappointing recent form. 

"In every game this season we have shown, as an attacking force, we will cause problems to any team,” Naismith said to the club's official website. “It’s worked well for me – I’ve scored a few goals and been involved in a lot of the play which I’ve enjoyed. Long may that continue.

“A lot of our problems have been individual errors or not concentrating well and that’s where we have lost a lot of our goals.

“But we have scored a lot too and that’s what we will take forward. We just need to work on another few things and the wins will start coming again.”

Things could have been different in the match had Leighton Baines scored a first-half penalty, which would have levelled the scores.

The England international had never previously missed a top-flight penalty, but was thwarted by David de Gea on Sunday. However, Naismith refused to blame his captain for the defeat.

"Records are there to be stopped and unfortunately for Bainesy it was today,” Naismith said. “He’s an experienced boy who understands the game and is a leader in our dressing room. It’s not going to be a big distraction for him.”

Naismith has been Everton's player of the season so far, scoring four times already this campaign. 

It is a fine start for a player who has often been criticised over his technical ability at Goodison Park, and he will be looking to continue hitting the back of the net after the international break. The Toffees face Aston Villa in two weeks' time.

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