Duncan Ferguson help boosts Everton's Apostolos Vellios

Duncan Ferguson
Ferguson scored 72 goals in 272 appearances in two spells at Everton

Everton striker Apostolos Vellios has said training with Blues legend Duncan Ferguson has improved his confidence in front of goal.

Ferguson has been coaching at Finch Farm after being invited back to the club by Everton manager David Moyes.

Vellios told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I want to continue working with him as he was a good striker and he tries to give me good advice about scoring goals.

"I'm happy to work with him and it has given me confidence in the box."

Vellios praises Ferguson influence

He added: "He was a big star, I know his history and I want to say a big thank you to him. Since I arrived here I've worked hard to be in the team and I have to keep improving every day."

The Greece Under-21 international joined Everton from Greek side Iraklis Thessaloniki in January and scored in Saturday's 2-0 win over Bolton after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Vellios is making a habit of scoring from the bench this season after also netting in September's 3-1 win over Wigan and the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea in October.

And he believes his goal at the Reebok Stadium was much needed for the Blues.

"I think it was important for my team because the second goal gave us breathing space in the game," Vellios continued.

"But also winning and the three points give us big breathing space in the league. We have to continue this in the next game against Stoke City."

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