Naismith: Sunderland was an off day for me

November 15, 2012

Steven Naismith EvertonFormer Rangers midfielder Steven Naismith has admitted that his performance against Sunderland last weekend was not up to standard, but says he hopes he can bounce back against Reading.

Naismith found it hard to keep possession and fluffed his lines when afforded an opportunity late on to put the game beyond Everton‘s visitors.  However, he believes that once he finds his match sharpness he will look more like an Everton player.

“It was just an off day for me personally but it was great for us to get the win,” he said. “Through that period when you’re coming back you’re still getting your match sharpness and your sharpness around the box. It’s something I’m constantly working on and I’ll try to improve week to week.

“I’m probably less frustrated when things aren’t going my way now than I was the first time around when I was injured. I know it’s part of coming back.

“Not only that, but moving to a club with so much quality in it, it takes a bit of time to get up to pace and I’d still say I’m going through that period.

“I think in the games I have played, be it off the bench or starting, I’ve at least been in positions to create chances or be on the end of chances. They’ve not all gone in but it’s a work in progress for me personally at the moment.”