Naismith hat-trick downs Chelsea

Everton super-sub Steven Naismith scored a hat-trick as Chelsea's torrid start to the Premier League season continued with a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday.

  • Everton 3 Chelsea 1
  • First-half sub Naismith scores a hat-trick
  • Matic reduces arrears with first goal of season
  • Everton earn deserved second league win this term
  • Chelsea concede 12th league goal of the season

Match summary

Everton found themselves 2-0 up after 22 minutes against the champions with two goals from first-half replacement Naismith.

First the Scottish forward powerfully headed home at the near post and then he hammered a thumping shot inside the far post from 20 yards to leave Asmir Begovic, in for the injured Thibaut Courtois, picking the ball out of his net once more.

Nemanja Matic fired Chelsea back into the game with a spectacular strike from long range on 36 minutes, but the visitors could not find an equaliser and Naismith completed his treble with an angled drive eight minutes from time.

Full Report

Everton took the lead after 17 minutes when Naismith, who replaced the hamstrung Muhamed Besic on nine minutes, headed the ball powerfully past Begovic.

After a neat turn Naismith found Brendan Galloway on the left and the young full-back then clipped in a cross which Naismith converted.

Roberto Martinez's men continued to ask more questions of the Chelsea rearguard and first Arouna Kone and then James McCarthy were denied by Begovic before Everton doubled their lead.

Naismith (22) was again the man to do the damage as Everton moved the ball from right to left. Naismith collected Ross Barkley's pass before thumping a low left-foot shot into the far corner from 20 yards.

Shell-shocked Chelsea did pull a goal back nine minutes before the break when Nemanja Matic arrowed in a left-footed effort from 25 yards to reduce the arrears.

But Everton almost scored again when Romelu Lukaku raced through only to shoot straight at Begovic and he was denied again by the keeper before Naismith (82) claimed the match ball with an angled right-foot shot after he was slipped through in the area by Barkley.