Fighting talk from Beattie
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton striker James Beattie is determined to rediscover his goal scoring form.Everton striker James Beattie is determined to rediscover his goa scoring form and prove his critics wrong.
Beattie's season has been blighted by injuries, but the former Southampton ace insists he is back and raring to go.
"I have had fans knocking me all my career and I have always come back and proved them wrong.
"I just intend to start scoring and getting us some points," he urged.
Beattie was realistic about the team's chances for Sunday's clash with Chelsea, but upbeat about their prospects for the season.
"Nobody is expecting us to win again Chelsea," Beattie admitted.
"But it is ridiculous to start talking about relegation so soon.
"It is a challenge, a personal one and a team one, and you must get the best out of yourselves. If we get a couple of wins there will be no more talk of relegation this season."
Beattie, who has been on an outward-bound course in the Lake District with the rest of the Everton squad this week, also revealed that the players had been given a rousing speech by Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright.
"The chairman came to the team hotel before the Spurs game and he had a long chat with all the boys and gave the gaffer his full support.
"He actually thanked us for allowing the club to play in the UEFA Champions League. It was brilliant and the lads really appreciated it."