Steven Naismith hails Everton work ethic

The Scottish forward thinks that the Blues should be praised after refusing to give in against Manchester City

Everton forward Steven Naismith has hailed Everton’s work rate following the draw with Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Blues went behind to a Fernandinho goal but equalised soon after thanks to the Scot’s glancing header, and Naismith believes his side should be credited for not giving in against the champions.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said; “City probably had the better of the first half and we probably had a bit of nerves, wanting to keep it tight but as the boys got comfortable and pushed forward, we showed our worth.“

The game at Goodison Park was a lively affair, with both sides going for the win and having chances to get all three points, and Naismith thinks that his side stood toe-to-toe with the Manchester outfit.

“In the first half I think we had the best chance with the Seamus [Coleman] effort off the bar, in the second half we gave as good as we got,” Naismith said.

“City are a fantastic team full of world class players challenging for the title. We’re good enough, we’ve shown that last season and we fully expected to compete and take something from the game.”

The draw with City ended Everton’s run of four successive league defeats, and the Scottish forward believes that their desire to fight until the last minute earned them a valuable point at Goodison Park.

“We don’t know when we’re beat, we keep going till the end. Results recently haven’t been going our way but the last couple, West Ham in the cup and today have shown that we are fighting for the cause.”

Everton now take on West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park looking to move back up the Premier League table after a terrible start to the season has seem them closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places.

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