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EVERTON v CHELSEA RECAP: Naismith treble heaps more misery in champions

Everton inflicted another defeat on reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez's Toffees scored a 3-1 victory over the Blues at Goodison Park thanks to a hat-trick from Steven Naismith.

The Scotland international scored a perfect treble - with his head, left foot and right foot - while Nemanja Matic netted a sublime goal for Chelsea from range nine minutes before the break to make it 2-1.

However, Naismith's third in the 82nd minute sealed it for the home side who moved up to seventh position on the table while Jose Mourinho's Blues are languishing in 17th place with just four points to their name, 11 behind league leaders Manchester City.


Everton: 3 (Steven Naismith 17'/22'/82')
Chelsea: 1 (Nemanja Matic 36')
Goodison Park, Liverpool - 38,311


- Is this the type of win that can kickstart a successful season for Everton?

- Where to for Chelsea from here? Can Mourinho arrest this slide and lead them back towards the top?


Everton will look ahead to their trip to Swansea City as Chelsea get set to host Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Wednesday before welcoming London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on the weekend.



Evertonboss Martinez on his side's near-perfect performance:

"We know we can play better but what you are looking at is a complete performance."

Chelsea's Mourinho on final result:

"We don't deserve this result. It is too heavy for the way the players started the game, finished the game and played during the game."

*Thanks to Opta


Goals - Steven Naismith 3
Assists - Ross Barkley 3
Clean sheets - Tim Howard 2
Yellow cards - Six players on 1

Goals - Six players on 1
Assists - Pedro Rodriguez 2
Yellow cards - Seven players on 1
Red cards - Thibaut Courtois, John Terry 1

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