DINIYAR BILYALETDINOV says points and not wonder goals are his sole focus as Everton try to close the gap on sixth-placed Liverpool.
The Russian midfielder, below, scored a stunning strike against Portsmouth at Goodison last season to ensure the Blues' campaign ended with victory, after he had already won the club’s goal of the season award with a stunner against Manchester United.
But as Everton prepare for their final four Premier League games, the 26-year-old is adamant that he is not motivated by individual honours and simply wants the Blues to bounce back from their defeat by Alex Ferguson’s side last Saturday.
He said: “When I played in Russia I scored maybe five or six goals like these , so it wasn't so regular.
“If I score I prefer it to be with three points as well – that is the most important thing.
“The first half of the season wasn't good because we got a lot of draws.
“Sometimes we were unlucky, other times it was our fault. We are disappointed about that but now we are looking forward to the last few games and who knows – something good could still happen.”
Although the former Lokomotiv Moscow star always puts the team before himself, he admits to devoting additional time on the training ground to shooting.
“I do stay after training to do some shots and work on that kind of thing – a few players do that,” he said.
“In training, Hibbo scored a very, very good goal. I was shocked!”
Meanwhile, Sylvain Distin says he wants to mimic Ryan Giggs in the longevity stakes.
The Frenchman has started every competitive game for Everton this term – a feat only Leighton Baines can match.
The 33-year-old, who played in every one of Portsmouth’s 47 competitive games during the 2008/09 season, said: “I love the competition and feel if you work hard and train hard then you are ready to play and it is all about the games for me.
“I might not enjoy training so much but by doing things properly then you get to play in the games and you would have to drag me off the pitch to be honest.
“Maybe two or three times in my career I have gone through the season and played in every game but I am getting to an age when I am probably a bit more proud of that fact.
“It maybe takes a bit longer to recover.
“You have to do whatever you can to slow down the effects of time and my answer has always been to do that bit extra so I always stay behind after training and do more. It has always worked for me so I keep doing it. For me it is about what you put in.
“There are some great examples around of players extending their careers and Ryan Giggs is one.”