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Round praise for Gueye

EVERTON assistant manager Steve Round praised Magaye Gueye for responding to criticism with his first goal for the club in the Toffees' thumping of Sunderland.

Gueye was substituted at half-time in the draw with Norwich on Saturday but was given another chance at Goodison Park yesterday and netted the opener in the 4-0 win.

The 21-year-old Frenchman, who joined the club from Strasbourg in the summer of 2010, has impressed in patches this season and could have played himself into contention for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

Round said: "I thought Magaye was terrific. We were disappointed with his performance at Norwich, he was taken off at half-time so he knew what was acceptable and he responded brilliantly."

Gueye broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute with a thumping finish from a tight angle and three goals in six minutes late in the game from Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and substitute Victor Anichebe wrapped up an emphatic victory.