Moyes regrets striking failure

The Scot brought in Jermaine Beckford on a free transfer after he

had helped Leeds earn promotion from League One but wanted someone

with more experience to help ease the burden. But he was not able

to bring anyone else in and Everton have suffered as a result, with

Tim Cahill having to be deployed as a centre-forward on occasions.

When Ayegbeni Yakubu and James Vaughan were loaned to Leicester and

Crystal Palace respectively in January it increased the pressure on

Louis Saha and Beckford. The former, whose poor form prior to

January saw him net just once in five months – in a Carling Cup

victory over Huddersfield – has responded with nine goals since the

turn of the year but injuries continue to be a problem for the

Frenchman. “I knew we were short of a centre-forward and maybe more

than one,” Moyes told talkSPORT. “I got Jermaine Beckford, who had

jumped two divisions, and I was saying ‘Let’s not put too much

pressure on him, get him off the bench, play some games at the

right moment and that’s the ideal way to introduce him’. “But we

didn’t get the centre-forward which we needed to go with the rest

of the team. “Our play was very good, we continued in the form with

our football, but we didn’t have the goalscorers to finish it off

at the start of the year and that definitely had an effect on us.”