LIVERPOOL - Louis Saha believes he has taken the first step towards rebuilding his career after ending a nine-month goal drought with his first strike for Everton.
The French international striker, whose Manchester United career was handicapped by a long-running battle with injuries, earned his new club their first win at home this season with a late header that secured a 1-0 victory over Fulham.
Saha, 30, started just 52 games for United in nearly five years and Everton manager David Moyes managed to obtain the Frenchman without any cash advance this summer, signing him on a pay-as-you-play basis.
But Saha has impressed Moyes since his move to Goodison Park and Saturday's strike, the forward's first since scoring for United against Newcastle in February, was a timely boost to his confidence.
The Frenchman, who believes he can form an effective strike partnership with Nigerian international Aiyegbeni Yakubu, admitted the goal had come as a relief.
"Doubts do creep in when you haven't been scoring," he said. "You feel that you need to be working harder and you want the best.
"I was waiting for the goal - I knew I had to be patient because I had not been playing for a long time. But I have some games under my belt now and I am really pleased to be on the scoresheet."
Saha's patchy form since the start of the season had seen him lose his starting place for Everton and he had to come off the bench to claim Saturday's winner. - Sapa-AFP