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Tuesday 21 February 2012

Stracqualursi delight at Everton progress

Goalscoring Argentine striker is becoming a hit at Goodison Park

Argentine Denis Stracqualursi fires in a shot for Everton against Chelsea at Goodison Park

Everton striker Denis Stracqualursi admits he is starting to come to terms with English football after a difficult start in the country.

The 24-year-old Argentine struggled initially after signing for the Toffees in August on a season-long loan from Tigres.

"It's very important for forwards to score goals for confidence"
- Denis Stracqualursi

He failed to find the net during his first 12 appearances, but a first goal against Fulham in the FA Cup in January was followed by one in the Barclays Premier League against Chelsea and another in the Cup on Saturday as Everton beat Blackpool to reach the quarter-finals.

And after three goals in five matches, Stracqualursi now believes he has adjusted to life on Merseyside.

"When I first got here, it was difficult to adapt to the different style of football," he told the club's official website.

"But now I'm getting games and getting time, I'm scoring goals and that's the main thing for a forward.

"I'm very happy with the goal on Saturday. It's very important for forwards to score goals for confidence. The main thing, though, is that we won. It's a team effort."

With Everton 10th in the League, the FA Cup is their only chance of silverware this season, and Stracqualursi is hopeful they can go a long way after being drawn at home to Sunderland in the last eight.

He added: "We are confident and we are happy that we got to the next round.

"There's a lot of confidence in the team and we need to keep it up and take it into the next games."

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Key Points

  • Stracqualursi has overcome difficult start at Everton
  • Argentine striker went 12 matches without scoring
  • Now got three in five and feels settled in England