Naismith explains what Romelu Lukaku did differently in draw against Hammers

Everton striker Steven Naismith has praised Romelu Lukaku for his performance against West Ham.

Everton striker Steven Naismith has explained what he’s hoping to see more of after the FA Cup draw against West Ham United.

The sides face a replay after Lukaku scored in injury time to equalise for his team and Naismith has suggested there were two aspects the Belgian showed, which have been missing from his recent performances.

“He showed a bit more enthusiasm and a bit more confidence in his performance and he gets his reward with the goal,” Naismith told the Liverpool Echo.

“Obviously he is a big player for us and is somebody that contributed well last season.”

“He hasn’t hit those standards yet and he is the first person to say that he wants to hit those standards again. This is where you do need to be a big player and have the character to come up with the goods at the tough times.”

The key now for Lukaku and manager Roberto Martinez, is to ensure that he carries that form forward.

Everton’s league form has been very inconsistent and problems at the back have left the strikers under immense pressure to score and secure points for the side, which have recently been hard to come by.

Lukaku has a real opportunity to stamp his authority on the Everton attack and if he can score the goals, which fire the side up the table, he’ll do his confidence and relationship with supporters a world of good.

“We know in this squad that what we did last season was great and we know we are capable of that so you have always got to have that in the back of your mind rather than giving up.”

A draw may not have been the result the club was hoping for, as it means another fixture in a busy schedule, but Everton are still in the competition and arguably under less pressure when they head to East London for the replay.

That represents another platform for Lukaku to use to fire his side into the fourth round, setting up a fourth round clash against Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City.

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