Having come on as a ninth-minute substitute for the injured Muhamed Besic, Naismith headed Everton into a 17th-minute lead at Goodison Park and quickly followed up by scoring his second with a low drive from outside the area.
John Stones, who put in an off-season transfer request amid a series of Chelsea bids for the England center-half, was in superb form.
Funnily enough, today is his 29th birthday and, given what we know about him, he’s likely shaking hands with ebola sufferers without gloves on and walking through land mine riddled fields in Angola, such is his wont. “Sometimes you play against the champions and you can beat them through lucky breaks after weathering the storm, but that wasn’t the case”. I was still coming on in games with a good bit of time to play, so that gave me hope that I could still be here at Everton.
Everton ace Steven Naismith was thrilled with his hat-trick in victory over Chelsea.
“When you are not playing every week it is hard to look past these opportunities [to leave]”, he said.
The Blues have endured a rocky start to the campaign with two losses, one draw and a win from their first four games. “It’s easy to say and I agree completely, but results are too bad”, Mourinho said. We need the defenders to make mistakes and not to be punished.
But he added: “Next year people can be sure Chelsea won’t be playing in the Championship”.
“Roberto next time tell (them to let) me go before you because we have to travel”, snapped the Chelsea boss as his Spanish opposite number prepared to answer a question about Ross Barkley. I don’t feel I have any reason to be here speaking against them or against their desire or their lack of frustration at the situation so I keep believing in them.