The Scot came off the bench in the ninth minute when Muhamed Besic was forced to come off with a suspected hamstring injury and scored all three goals in the Toffees' handsome win over Jose Mourinho's men.
Naismith's desire for first-team football meant that the club's decision to turn down an £8m bid for him from Norwich on transfer deadline-day was not a foregone conclusion but his hat-trick heroics against the Champions were rich reward for his patience.
"It's been a tough start to the season for me with not playing many games. As a player it's hard to keep taking when you're on the bench but you've just got to be ready for anything that comes up and today's a prime example of that.
"I've gor confidence in my ability and when you get the opportunities you've got to prove that and today I've done that."
The former Rangers man's three strikes with his head, left foot and right foot represented a "perfect hat-trick", something that he himself wasn't aware of until captain Phil Jagielka told him during the celebrations for his third.
"I've scored a hat-trick before but not a perfect one. I didn’t realise until Jags came up to celebrate and he was shouting in my ear.
“It’s a great feeling personally but overall it was a great win.”
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1 Posted 13/09/2015 at 05:53:47
To score a perfect hat-trick against the champions is no mean feat, but to do it coming off the bench, and scoring the first without having had much time to warm up is a true testament to his fitness and overall ability. I've always said he's one of the most dedicated and committed members of our squad and yesterday was a well deserved reward for him.
The team as a whole was superb and deserves equal congratulations. Perhaps, if we can keep on performing like this, the top 6 could be beckoning again.
2 Posted 13/09/2015 at 06:14:41
On a similar vein did you see Roberto's post match press conference? Witty, intelligent, measured and perceptive. And not one PHENOMENAL! Now that is PHENOMENAL.
3 Posted 13/09/2015 at 07:37:35
4 Posted 13/09/2015 at 08:22:53
5 Posted 13/09/2015 at 08:48:49
The strength in depth is really phenomenal. Ossie, Gibbo, Pienaar and Baines and Cleverley to return.
6 Posted 13/09/2015 at 09:05:54
7 Posted 13/09/2015 at 12:11:04
I respect Martinez for not selling him, he knows he has a first class pro in Naismith, and I'm no fan of Martinez.
Hope we can take this result and performance into the Derby match. It's about time we gave them a spanking.
8 Posted 13/09/2015 at 13:43:58
Money in the bank doesn't buy you goals. A Steven Naismith on the pitch DOES!!!
9 Posted 13/09/2015 at 15:47:09
I remember watching Paul Wilkinson score a hat trick at Somerton Park, Newport when Everton won 5-1 in a League Cup match in 1986. Graeme Sharp and an own goal (Jimmy Mullen I think) got the others.
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10 Posted 13/09/2015 at 15:52:56
12 Posted 13/09/2015 at 18:28:27
This excellent human being is a thorough credit to Everton Football Club in every sense. His signing from Rangers is one of the finest in our great clubs history, he excels in every degree and I'm certain that the man who scored more tat tricks for Everton than any other, William Ralph Dean, would have thoroughly applauded Naisy's very fine contribution against the arrogant, bloated and pompous reigning champions.
People, let alone footballers, of such moral decency as Steven Naismith are an extremely rare breed. I'm absolutely delighted that he left the pitch with the match ball. Celebrate what he is and how strongly he stands up.
Thanks Steven, what a terrific performance, no better way to reward your manager for declining an offer for you, no better way to assert your own belief in your abilities.
Perfect hat-trick. Perfect Gent.
13 Posted 13/09/2015 at 18:44:21
14 Posted 13/09/2015 at 19:05:17
As is well documented on here by most posters he's not the most naturally gifted player but his will to win, and effort make up for this in abundance! Added to this despite obviously being a really nice guy when he crosses the white line he can be a horrible little bastard to play against.
He is clearly a great squad player and £8M is a bit of a joke when compared to the values of Rhodes and McCormack. Keep up the good work, Nessy, I'm sure when you finally leave the blues you will be remembered fondly. (The hat-trick has ensured this!)
15 Posted 13/09/2015 at 20:02:51
It is obvious he is highly thought of at the club and long may it continue. I loved the way he he introduced himself to Ivanvoic, and love the way he just doesn't care who he is facing; there's no fear.
16 Posted 13/09/2015 at 20:43:08
17 Posted 13/09/2015 at 21:10:08
It feels so good to have beaten those b#ast#rds in such and emphatic and "happy" way after they expected to sign JS.
We needed that win to kick-start the season properly - now lets keep it up and stay up there in the top 5 or 6.....
18 Posted 13/09/2015 at 21:21:54
19 Posted 13/09/2015 at 21:31:23
We have more talented players in the squad but few work as hard. And he is a gent off the pitch judging by his acts of kindness giving tickets to less privileged. Proud to call him one of our own good on you Nessi.
20 Posted 13/09/2015 at 21:33:44
As for Besic. I feel so sorry for the lad. Chosen to play a role he would have loved, his luck ran out after 10 minutes. Who's to say we would not have scored 3 if he had stayed on the pitch? I certainly liked the way he was shaping up.
21 Posted 13/09/2015 at 21:37:30
Getting pushed out on the wing is not what Naismith is about. He needs to play down the middle. Yesterday was perfect behind Kone and Lukaku. Whether planned, or by accident, it worked. But it won't work every time.
So our fickle fellow Evertonians will no doubt slam him again. Be patient, people; I think that Martinez is actually building a very good squad. And Naismith is part of that.
I remember watching Naismith come on the pitch (under Moyes) and he was clearly under instructions to slot into a DMF role. WTF? He was terrible, and got slaughtered. Even Messi would have looked bad, when Moyes went ultra defensive. At least now, Martinez seems to be playing players in their proper positions. Barkley is an example of that.
Keep playing like yesterday, and I might just be coming round to Martinez. Now that is something that I never saw coming. Funny what a few good results can do.
And Martinez even seems to be talking sense. About time.
22 Posted 13/09/2015 at 21:52:12
23 Posted 13/09/2015 at 22:47:24
24 Posted 14/09/2015 at 06:11:45
He has good control, good movement and has a great appetite for the game. He has plenty of energy and is willing to work for the team. He makes things happen with his constant effort and won't give up.
And now he has just got a hat-trick he should replace Lukaku who has his moments but on the whole is holding the progress of the team back with his poor control, poor movement and lack of effort.
I think everyone knows he can score a goal when he is facing goal and in space but with his back to goal his play is poor. He did one good thing yesterday when he was involved in the second goal but he squandered 3 good scoring opportunities and constantly kept losing possession putting us in trouble. There is a very simple decision for the manager for the next game: Naismith in, Lukaku out.
25 Posted 14/09/2015 at 07:10:39
Jim Wilson #21, you actually make a valid point about using Naisy in place of Lukaku, for the very reasons you mention. Not only would it shake Rom up a bit but we might see even more of what Steven Naismith I capable of when played in his primary role, ie, as an out-and-out striker, where he excels if given the kind of support he received on Saturday.
I've seen a lot of players come and go in my 57 years as a supporter of Everton and there have not been many over the years to have displayed the loyalty and tenacity of Steven Naismith, a gent off the pitch and a little pitbull on it. He's been a favourite of mine for a long time and finally people are starting to see what he can do, and perhaps the doubters will shut up for a while and we can all thank God, Roberto and Steven that Saturday's hat-trick was scored for us, and not for Norwich, as some would have wished for.
26 Posted 14/09/2015 at 09:12:58
27 Posted 14/09/2015 at 10:19:36
No, I would keep Naismith in the squad but would never start with him because, as I repeat, more often than not, he isn't that good.
Everyone who started jumping on the Nessi bandwagon hasn't got a clue and should remember the last the last 3 years of how poor this guy has been.
28 Posted 14/09/2015 at 15:23:44
You know what you get with him when he's used in proper position. And to say he's been poor the last 3 years is ridiculous as well. Norwich thought different and I do too.
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