Stunning Saha deflects praise
Everton 5 Blackpool 3
Published 06/02/2011 | 05:00
Everton's four-goal hero Louis Saha deflected praise after his starring role in a stunning win over Blackpool.
The striker underlined his recent return to form by taking his tally to eight in his last six games as the Toffees came from 3-2 down to win this Premier League thriller at Goodison Park.
Having never scored a hat-trick in England's top flight before, Saha's performance was an obvious career highlight but the 32-year-old preferred to focus on the performance of the team.
"It is always a nice feeling when you are scoring goals and winning is the main thing about being a footballer," said the Frenchman. "I am glad today we got the result we deserved.
"I feel very good. The confidence in the camp is really good -- it helps you when you get lads who are fully confident."
Former Fulham and Manchester United striker Saha stroked home to open the scoring in the 20th minute but Ian Evatt levelled with a shot that hit a post and appeared to cross the line before Alex Baptiste made doubly sure.
Saha added another early in the second half with a neat finish at the near post, but Blackpool roared back in characteristic fashion through full debutant Jason Puncheon and captain Charlie Adam.
Saha evened the scores once again with a header and then secured the win with a cool finish after running from halfway after a fine Jermaine Beckford volley put Everton back in front.
"Where do you start with Louis? It was just a top, top performance," Everton manager David Moyes enthused.
Everton's victory was only their third in 15 Premier League games.
"Words fail me really. The character of the lads was outstanding, that was a tough game," admitted Blackpool manager Ian Holloway.
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