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Bright Beckford finding his feet

Everton assistant boss Steve Round believes Jermaine Beckford is now starting to find his feet with the Premier League club.

The 27-year-old striker has struggled since his free transfer from Leeds last summer but was on target in yesterday's convincing 5-1 win at Scunthorpe. It was his fourth goal of the season and came against a club that helped establish him in professional football.

The former Wealdstone forward was on loan at Scunthorpe when they won League One four years ago and he built on that experience to become a force at Elland Road.

"Jermaine is really finding his feet in the Premier League. He scored again and that was very pleasing," Round said. "We know he can score goals, he is a really good finisher. He has now got a goal, he was threatening the other night and we are really pleased with his progress."

Beckford grabbed Everton's second goal after Louis Saha had got the Toffees off to a fine start at Glanford Park with a fourth-minute strike. Michael Collins pulled one back as Scunthorpe briefly threatened a fightback, but goals from former Sligo Rovers man Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines killed them off.

Beckford, making a second successive start after featuring against Tottenham in midweek, was a threat throughout and Scunthorpe manager Ian Baraclough was also impressed.

"He looked bright and didn't look out of place in their team. I just hope he can prove himself to be a good striker at that level, because he is a good striker," said Baraclough, who played alongside Beckford for the Iron.

Everton can now look forward with confidence to next week's Merseyside derby after following up their win over Spurs in impressive fashion.

"We are very pleased. I think we have been threatening that sort of a result for a while," Round added. "It is very important to score early because the opposition can get up a head of steam if the crowd gets behind them. It did kill the game a little bit, but they came back at us in the second half.

"The pleasing thing is I don't see the team ever losing confidence. They knew they were playing well enough, just not necessarily scoring from their chances."

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