Everton's Arouna Kone won't set targets after opening day strike

Kone scored only his second goal for Everton against Watford having struggled with injuries ever since his arrival from Wigan Athletic.

Everton striker Arouna Kone has said he doesn't really have a target for himself despite scoring the crucial equaliser for the Toffees in their opening day 2-2 draw with Watford.

It was only Kone's second goal for the club - his other coming in a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United last December - as injuries have prevented the former Wigan Athletic man from having a substantial impact at Goodison Park.

But the way he managed to link up with fellow forward Romelu Lukaku and finish well in the dying stages of Saturday's game should offer some comfort to both him and the fans that he can find some form with the club.

He told the official Everton website: “For me, in my position as a forward, I want to score more goals, but I don’t have any targets.

“I am very happy for my performance and for the team. For me, it was important to get a point and [we will try] to do better in the next game.

“I am very happy for this goal.

“I was injured for a long time - it was very bad for my career. Now I am feeling a lot better.

“My confidence is better and I want to have better performances for the team.”

At times last season, there was a real lack of goals and momentum in Everton's play. Though they will have wanted to get off to a winning start having played a newly promoted side in Watford, there is some encouragement in that one of their forwards has found the net on the opening day. Kone himself will be hoping to get more minutes under his belt, and more consistent performances as a result. 

The fixtures ahead for Everton are pretty treacherous, with a lunchtime trip to Southampton their next engagement on Saturday. It will be interesting to see if Martinez sticks with Kone and whether he can deliver in front of goal again, but they need to raise their level for the weeks ahead as they encounter some of the league's top sides, and they will need someone who is confident in front of goal. 

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