Boss Moyes chasing consistency

The Toffees put a dismal start to the season behind them to storm

up the Premier League with a run of just one defeat in 12 games

after the start of December. That sequence culminated in memorable

home wins over Chelsea and Manchester United before progress was

then checked by a disappointing loss at Tottenham last week. And

Moyes feels that 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane, coupled with the

Europa League exit at the hands of Sporting Lisbon just days

earlier, has taken the gloss off recent achievements. Moyes said:

“Overall, the last 10 or 14 days I would have to say are ones of

disappointment. “If you look back a bit farther you would say it

was great but I have said many times I don’t want to be a side who

beats Chelsea or Manchester United once but can’t beat the sides we

are supposed to beat and ends up finishing mid-table. “I would

rather not beat those teams, beat the teams we should beat and

finish fifth, like we have done in the last few seasons. “We have

to get back to that. The word I am missing is consistency. “We need

to get a consistency of performance which gives you an idea where

you can get your wins and get them more regularly.” Moyes hopes his

side can now get their late charge back on track as they return to

Goodison Park to host struggling Hull on Sunday. Everton, 10th

going into the weekend’s fixtures, have won their last five at home

in the league. Moyes added: “It’s always great to play at home.

It’d be great if we could play at home every week.” Everton could

be boosted by the return of influential midfielder Tim Cahill, who

has been out with a calf injury since the first leg against

Sporting Lisbon more than a fortnight ago. Cahill was hoping to

return to training today to prove his fitness. Top scorer Louis

Saha is again out with the hamstring injury that forced him to miss

the trip to Spurs. Leon Osman was doubtful with a foot injury and

Phil Jagielka, recently returned from a long-term knee problem, was

hoping to shake off a slight thigh strain.