Everton manager David Moyes praised the contribution of Louis Saha after his brace helped propel the club into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League.
Saha improved his chances of a starting place in the FA Cup final as they secured a 3-1 victory against West Ham at Goodison Park.
Moyes said: "I thought Louis' overall contribution was much better. I think he has got that in him. It is just a case of Louis getting out and showing it."
He added: "He had a header which hit the post after a deflection, he had a chance to make it four, he scored a tap-in and he scored a penalty kick.
"The most important thing though was I wanted to win the match. I am not going to play people just because I am looking at the FA Cup. We have options and I wanted to give people opportunities to see what they could do."
Saha cancelled out Radoslav Kovac's spectacular 30-yard opener for West Ham with a penalty after James Tomkins had tripped Tim Cahill.
The result was that Tomkins was red carded and the visitors imploded. Joseph Yobo gave Everton the lead before Saha added a third.
Moyes is delighted to see his side on the shoulders of the top four.
He said: "If you had given me sixth at the start of the season I would have said thanks very much. If we can stay fifth I will be more than happy.
"I thought we were really good for the first 20 minutes, then we went a goal behind against the run of play. We showed great character to come back and do the job."
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