Moyes: More to come from Toffees
Everton boss David Moyes claimed the best was still to come after his side’s stunning 3-1 victory over champions Manchester United at Goodison.
Youngsters Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell came off the bench to secure the points after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov had earlier cancelled out a Dimitar Berbatov goal with a brilliant strike from 25 yards.
The victory came after Everton similarly came from behind to beat leaders Chelsea 2-1 in their last league outing 10 days ago.
The Toffees have lost just one of their last 12 and are threatening to force their way into European contention.
Moyes said: "We can start looking upwards a bit more than downwards.
"This was always going to be a tricky month and we have started it pretty well.
"It was a great result and you don’t beat the big teams that often so we are delighted.
"I have said for a while on our day we can be a match for the teams above.
"We have not got everyone fit but I think it shows the spirit we have got.
"I think we can play better and I think we will."
Everton have had to contend with a lengthy injury list for most of the season and this week learned key midfielder Marouane Fellaini would miss the rest of the campaign.
Another influential midfielder, Tim Cahill, was also missing after suffering a calf injury in midweek.
"We are winning the games without Fellaini and Cahill and it was Fellaini and (Steven) Pienaar the other week," added Moyes.
"At the start of the season we struggled to win the games when we had players missing, but there were reasons for that.
"I honestly think when we have got the squad together we can be a match for most teams.
"The players know what I expect and how I want it to be. Today they took it on.
"I really wanted to have a go at Manchester United, the players wanted to have a go.
"I thought we did that as much as we possibly could.
"I thought we grew into the game, we got stronger as it went on."
Moyes was pleased to see his substitutes make such an impact after being disappointed with how the team finished in the 2-1 win against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.
The Scot said: "I think the two young boys have come on and done it before.
"The substitutions in midweek didn’t work for me and I was annoyed. Today the two of them did.
"As we know Dan Gosling has got a goal in him and Jack Rodwell made up for a bit of a mistake in midweek by settling the game."
Moyes also revealed that Landon Donovan played after a flu scare.
"I told him most of the players in England play with flu four or five times a year," said Moyes.
"If you are from Los Angeles you probably don’t know what flu is!"
The American, on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy, delivered another impressive display but Moyes again said there were no plans to extend his loan beyond the end of March.
Donovan is due to rejoin his parent club for the start of the Major League Soccer season.
"I think Landon would like to stay but at the moment it probably looks as if not," Moyes said.
"I wouldn’t want to have any disrespect to his club or the contract he has over there."