Saha must settle for four after five-star show

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FOUR-GOAL star Louis Saha deflected the praise after his starring role in Everton’s 5-3 win over Blackpool.

The striker underlined his recent return to form by taking his tally to eight in his last six games as the Toffees came from 3-2 down to win a Premier League thriller at Goodison Park.

Having never even scored a hat-trick in England’s top flight before, Saha’s performance was an obvious career highlight but the 32-year-old preferred to focus on the performance of the team.

The Frenchman said: “It is always a nice feeling when you are scoring goals and winning is the main thing about being a footballer.

“I am glad that we got the result we deserved.

“I feel very good. The confidence in the camp is really good and it helps you when you get lads who are fully confident.”

Saha felt he should have had five but had a goal disallowed after referee Kevin Friend blew for a foul on team-mate Seamus Coleman seconds earlier.

Saha said: “Once the referee blew, he couldn’t go back. It is a shame because it could be advantage but the main thing is to get three points.”

Everton manager David Moyes was gushing about the performance of Saha.

He said: “Where do you start with Louis? It was just a top, top performance.

“Anybody who has played against him, with him or managed him will tell you he has that ability.

“That is why he has been involved with France teams and at World Cups. He has that quality.

“He has probably not shown it as often as he can do but this performance was right up there with the best.”

Everton’s victory was only their third in 15 Premier League games but Moyes felt it was thoroughly deserved.

He added: “If we hadn’t won it would have been completely wrong. We were the better team and had the chances.

“You probably always need to score three goals to beat Blackpool and we needed four certainly, and thankfully we got a fifth too.”