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Everton's Martinez delighted with Naismith showing

Roberto Martinez spoke highly of Steven Naismith after his scoring performance in Everton's 3-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Swansea City on Sunday.

The Scotland international replaced earlier scorer Lacina Traore just after the hour-mark before putting the Toffees ahead in the 65th minute when he pounced on a defensive error from Neil Taylor.

That goal came after Jonathan de Guzman had equalised for the Swans and it preceded Leighton Baines' 72nd-minute penalty, won by Naismith, which sent the Toffees on their way to a quarter-final clash with Arsenal.

After the match, Martinez was full of praise for Naismith who had to come off late following a head clash with Jordi Amat.

"Naismith is okay," he said. "We will check him over the next 24 hours as he had a bit of delayed concussion with the knock.

"He was okay and then all of a sudden he became dizzy and he couldn't remember what was happening and we couldn't take any risks.

"He said he didn't remember he scored so I told him he scored from 40 yards! He is a gem of a boy, an incredible footballer and I am just pleased he is enjoying his football.

"He has played in different positions but when he is central he is at his best, he was instinctive, a real threat and he is enjoying his football.

"I want him to carry on doing that. We hope he will be fine and be able to join training this week."

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