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Yakubu tells Everton fans the goals will flow now

After his first goal for almost seven months Ayegbeni Yakubu has promised there is plenty more to come from him and the rest of the Everton team this campaign. The Nigeria striker scored to secure a 1-0 win over Stoke and maintain the Toffees' revival on Saturday.

Having begun October bottom of the Barclays Premier League, David Moyes' men are now just four points behind title challengers Manchester City after extending their unbeaten run to five games. Yakubu's 67th-minute winner also capped a fine personal performance.

The 27-year-old has started Everton's last six matches after being left out at the start of the campaign by Moyes due to a lack of match fitness.

Yakubu said: "As a striker sometimes you have good chances and you don't take them but I was there at the right time and took it really good.

"It is really good to score goals. It had been six or seven games and I hadn't scored, so to get a goal will give me more confidence and I am going to score goals.

"I think my fitness is really good, better than last season.

"Hopefully I can score goals and help the team, and the team can achieve something this season.

"It is not going to be easy but we want to play in Europe next season.

"Hopefully we will start doing the right thing on the pitch and we will get into Europe - but there is still a long way to go."

Yakubu's goal was also the first by an Everton striker in the Premier League this season.

Yakubu has struggled to regain his best form since suffering the Achilles injury that ruled him out for almost a year in 2008.

But with the return of Saha, Yakubu feels competition in the squad is growing and that will only help him.

"It is always like that playing for Everton," said Yakubu, who hit 21 goals in his first season at the club following his £11.25million move from Middlesbrough in 2007.

"You have to fight for your place and whenever you get the chance you have to take it.

"It has been really great but we will fight together and work as a team.

"We knew when we were at the bottom we were not under pressure because we had good players and we could turn things around.

"We have done it already and we don't want to stop."

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