Beattie: I will prove my worth
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
James Beattie believes he is beginning to prove his worth to Evertonians.
James Beattie believes he is beginning to prove his worth to Evertonians following Sunday's matchwinner against Middlesbrough.
Beattie's 10th minute header from an Andy van der Meyde cross was enough to earn David Moyes's side a 1-0 win and Everton have now claimed seven points from their last nine.
That run has helped to ease the pressure on Moyes and Beattie is convinced it is the prelude to a charge up the table.
"We just said to ourselves that we didn't want to lose any more," said Beattie.
"We were intent on one massive effort to try to get a winning streak - we were determined to show people what we are about.
"Losing can become a habit, it's a terrible habit to have. But winning can become a habit too, so let's hope we have got ourselves into a winning habit now and we can carry on with this form."
Beattie, who has enjoyed a hitherto unproductive 10 months on Merseyside, also revealed why he pointed to his ear immediately after claiming the goal.
"I was pointing to my ear because I wanted the fans to know I'd heard them," revealed Beattie.
"Some of the fans have been having a bit of a go, saying `come on Beats, get us a goal' so I have tried my best and I was just saying to them that I had heard the comments, and was that goal all right for them.
"It was a great ball in from Andy (van der Meyde) and with that sort of delivery all I have to do is get my head onto the ball. It was a tremendous team performance, that is what Everton can do."
Beattie has scored just three goals in 18 Premiership appearances since his £6 million move from Southampton in January.