Moyes looking for resurgence

The Toffees have slipped back down to 16th in the Premier League

after a run of three games without a win. David Moyes’ side leapt

from the bottom of the table to eighth during October as they

finally found some form after a disappointing start to the

campaign. They continued their unbeaten run into November and had

gone seven games without defeat prior to last week’s loss to

Arsenal. However, the previous two games had ended in disappointing

draws to Blackpool and Bolton and such is the closeness of the

competition they were quickly overtaken. Everton are now just one

point above the bottom three ahead of the game in hand they play at

the Stadium of Light on Monday night. Victory would push the

Merseysiders back up to 10th and give the team’s campaign a much

healthier look. “I don’t think we did great against Arsenal but we

had been on a relatively good run,” said Moyes, whose side finished

eighth after losing just two of their last 24 games last season. “I

was disappointed with the results against Blackpool and Bolton,

that we didn’t take more points. I think that is where the

disappointment has come. “We’d have been better off winning one and

losing one – we’d have got more points. “I think the Arsenal game,

we didn’t quite reach the mark – but right up until the last minute

we were close to getting back in the game. “It says a lot that,

from me especially, there is an expectancy that we can go and beat

Arsenal now. It is amazing how things change over the years.”

Everton face a Sunderland side on a high after pulling off a shock

win over leaders Chelsea last week. That result may have lost some

of its gloss due to the champions’ subsequent loss to Birmingham,

but it remains one of the more surprising of the season. Coming

just a fortnight after the Black Cats were humbled 5-1 by rivals

Newcastle, it also represented a remarkable turnaround for the

Wearsiders and their manager Steve Bruce. Moyes said: “From the

defeat they had at Newcastle, they have bounced back so well.

“Steve looks as if he has dusted himself down and got them back

together. “They have certainly picked themselves up and got going

again.”