Moyes wants to build on victory

The Toffees gained two victories on the bounce for the first time

this season with Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok

Stadium. Having beaten Wolves 2-1 at home last weekend, the Toffees

moved out of the bottom half up to eighth in the table with the

result. Prior to those matches Moyes’ side had lost five out of six

league fixtures, and the Scot is optimistic that they are now

“picking up” as they have done in previous campaigns. “We have been

slow starters in the past, although I didn’t actually think we had

started slow this year,” Moyes said. “We lost the first game, but

we got a few points on the board. “Then we had a run of fixtures

with a lot of the big teams in a row, but I hope this is the start

of us picking up, because we normally do and when we do, we tend to

stay on it and go with it. “I’m hoping that this could be the start

of us moving forward.” Everton took the lead four minutes after the

break when Marouane Fellaini swept in from close range, before

substitute Apostolos Vellios netted a second 12 minutes from time.

Bolton had earlier had David Wheater sent off, the defender being

shown a straight red card in the 20th minute for a lunge on Diniyar

Bilyaletdinov after losing control of the ball, his second

dismissal of the campaign. Asked if he thought referee Michael

Oliver had made the right decision regarding Wheater, Moyes said:

“I did at the time and I was right in front of it. “I don’t think

David Wheater is by any means that type of player, but his touch

just overruns the ball and he definitely catches Bilyaletdinov.

“I’m standing five or six yards away from it and it was the correct

decision. If it had been one of my players, I would have expected a

red card.” Bolton boss Owen Coyle – whose side suffered their 10th

league defeat this term and remained in the relegation zone – said

he was not surprised to see Wheater dismissed given the nature of

the challenge. “David took a bad touch, there is no getting away

from that, and he tried to recover it,” Coyle said. “I think the

rules are in place that if your studs are showing, you leave

yourself wide open to a red card and watching it in real time, I

certainly feel he did lead with his studs. “If he has caught the

lad, then the referee is in a difficult place with regard to the

rules, which they have to abide by. “In my day and age it probably

would have been a yellow card, because I think he would have

recognised that he took a bad touch – he hadn’t come flying in from

40 yards trying to hurt the lad. “To his credit, Bilyaletdinov was

snap on to it (when Wheater lost the ball) and those are the rules.

I can’t say it surprised me.” Meanwhile, Moyes revealed that

Toffees midfielder Jack Rodwell could soon be back in training as

he continues his recovery from the rib injury – sustained on

international duty with England – which has kept him out of his

club’s last two matches. “He has been for another scan this morning

and it is showing that he is getting better,” Moyes said. “I’m

expecting him to maybe be back in training by the middle of next

week, everything going well.”