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Fit again Pienaar puts winner down to luck.

EVERTON HULL 21 EVERTON midfielder Steven Pienaar believes the hard work he has put into get fit was rewarded with a "lucky" touch as he marked his return to

However, team-mate Leighton Baines disagreed, pointing out the quality required for the South African's decisive goal just seconds after coming off the bench in the 2-1 win over Hull at Goodison Park.

Pienaar had not played since August 31 because of a hamstring injury and was pencilled in for a comeback next week at Aston Villa but he impressed manager Roberto Martinez so much in training he was drafted in early. It proved an inspired move as Pienaar replaced Leon Osman in the second half and immediately converted Kevin Mirallas' cross with a finish made to look easier than it actually was.

"It was a lucky touch but I'm happy we've got all three points," Pienaar told evertontv.

"After the last seven weeks it was something I've worked hard for and it paid off."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 21, 2013
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