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Naismith hat-trick helps Everton down Chelsea

Everton sent Chelsea crashing to their third Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday, striker Steven Naismith scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 win after coming on as a first-half substitute at Goodison Park.

The result left the defending champions with four points from their opening five matches after their worse start to a season since 1988. With this <g data-gr-id="14">win</g> Everton moved up to third in the table for the time being.

Naismith replaced the injured Mo Besic and headed Everton in front in the 17th minute to complete a 19-pass move that cut Chelsea to ribbons. The Scotland <g data-gr-id="61">forwaard</g> doubled Everton's lead five minutes later before Nemanja Matic brought Chelsea back into the game with a superb 25-metre strike.

Chelsea failed to build on that goal, however, and Naismith wrapped up the points for the home side with another well-worked goal after 83 minutes, shooting wide of keeper Asmir Begovic who was replacing the injured Thibaut Courtois. 
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