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Naismith: We must be patient at home

FORWARD Steven Naismith believes learning to play a waiting game is something Everton still need to improve on, but a return to winning ways against West Ham proves it is a strategy which works.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku returned from a month-long absence to score the only goal nine minutes from time.

Up to that point, the Toffees, who have been beaten just once in 22 league matches at home, had created little in the way of genuine chances.

But they kept to the principles instilled in them by manager Roberto Martinez and the winner came from a good move down their left.

"We need to learn to get better at being patient at home," said the Scotland international.

"We worked hard, kept plugging away and had a few chances, but, as the game went on, the chances became more frequent and big Rom stuck one away. It is about being patient and waiting for the right opportunity because you can snatch at shots as the clock ticks down."

MONK MIFFED

Swansea boss Garry Monk felt his side were victims of a "bizarre" penalty decision by referee Mike Dean as they surrendered a 1-0 lead to draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Their disappointing draw at the Liberty Stadium hinged on an 81st-minute incident, when Dean awarded the spot-kick and sent off Swansea defender Chico Flores.

"One hundred per cent outside the area," Monk said. "For me, why is the referee making a decision from 60 yards away that he clearly has no view of being able to tell that?"


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