Everton v Sheffield Utd reaction

Moyes admitted he had feared the worst when the Toffees went a goal

down. The League One outfit took the lead against the run of play

at Goodison Park thanks to Richard Cresswell’s effort just before

the half-hour mark, but the same player diverted the ball into his

own net moments later after keeper Steve Simonsen had got a palm to

a strike by Jack Rodwell. The Toffees then took control of

proceedings, with finishes from Victor Anichebe and Mikel Arteta in

the 37th and 42nd minutes swiftly wrapping up a 3-1 victory. The

result will come as a welcome boost for everyone connected with

Everton after their season had got under way in disappointing

fashion with Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at home to

newly-promoted QPR. After they had fallen behind once again this

evening, Moyes was pleased with the way his players bounced back.

Asked what his reaction had been to United’s opener, the Scot said:

“I thought ‘here we go’ because that is just where we are at the

moment. “But they kept going. We showed great resilience and the

players didn’t let it get to them.” The Blades had shown little

going forward before they scored and rarely looked like adding

another goal after. In the end it was a comfortable night’s work

for Everton and Moyes felt a greater winning margin would not have

flattered his team’s performance. “We had played well and didn’t

deserve to go a goal down,” Moyes said. “We made a mistake and got

punished for it, but tonight there was a response. “We always

looked a bit more threatening than we had been on Saturday and I

think we passed the ball quite well tonight. “There were bits of it

which we can tidy up on, but I think a lot of it was good. “If we

had got another couple of goals at the end, you wouldn’t have said

it was out of place.” Teenage midfielder Ross Barkley kept his

place in the Toffees’ first XI after making an impressive senior

debut at the weekend and put in another eye-catching display. The

17-year-old has been called into Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21s

squad for the first time, a level his club manager is confident

Barkley will be able to handle. Moyes is, however, keen to stress

the player – who has suffered with injuries in recent years – is

still very much a raw talent. “I spoke to Stuart Pearce and he is

ready for the Under-21s,” Moyes said. “But the boy has not played

enough games of football. “He made a couple of mistakes in the

first half with the ball – you will find there will be times when

he does things and you think it’s not maybe quite right. “That is

because he missed a year and has been plunged right in at the deep

end.” United boss Danny Wilson believes his players should view

their experience on Merseyside as a useful learning curve. “We were

under real pressure beforehand, with them having a few good

chances, but I thought the breakthrough was a cracking goal from

our point of view,” Wilson said. “We couldn’t keep hold of it long

enough and it was quite unfortunate the way the own goal went in.

“But you have to take your hats off to Everton – there have been

long periods of the game where they have stretched us greatly. “I

thought we stuck to our task and in the second half I thought we

might just have a crumb to hold onto. “We didn’t get that, but I’m

not at all disappointed with the players and it is something we

have to learn a lesson from.”