Everton 'edge' pleases Moyes

BY foxsports • January 6, 2011

The Toffees put a dent in the Londoners' Premier League title aspirations with a solid home victory in a compelling end-to-end encounter on Wednesday. Seamus Coleman grabbed the decisive goal 15 minutes from time after the outstanding Rafael van der Vaart had cancelled out Louis Saha's superb opener. The result lifted Everton to 11th in the table but it was the manner of the performance that offers hope for the rest of the season. Moyes said: "I'm pleased with that, I thought it was a really good game. "Whoever plays Tottenham is going to have to play well to beat them because they are a really good side. "There was an edge to the players - they played with improved vigour and determination. "We made sure we got more balls in the box than we have in previous games. "We looked as if we were liable to score. In previous games we haven't looked that. "We have found it difficult to score, even tonight we had three or four chances you'd hope we'd score. "But we got the couple of goals we haven't been getting." Moyes was impressed by the performance of Saha, whose 25-yard strike in the third minute was his first league goal since last February. Moyes said: "I think that is what everyone knows Louis Saha is capable of, why he has been revered. "Anyone who has worked or played with him can tell you that on his day he can be an unbelievable talent. I thought he showed that tonight." The major consolation for Spurs was that they maintained fourth place in the table thanks to another defeat for champions Chelsea. Manager Harry Redknapp nevertheless felt his side had blown an opportunity for another good victory. He was particularly disappointed that Peter Crouch had strayed offside in the act of scoring what looked like a second Spurs goal on the stroke of half-time. Redknapp said: "At half-time if I'd have been offered a draw I wouldn't have taken it. "I thought we could have won this game and we should have scored before half-time. "Gareth Bale broke away - he has either got to score himself or Crouchy has got to make sure he scores. "Crouchy shouldn't be offside there, he has got a tap-in. "Between the pair of them we should have scored really. It was farcical. "But credit to Everton, they lifted it. They got after us much better in the second half and they missed some good opportunities. "They pressed us well, worked their socks off and made it difficult for us. "We didn't pass the ball as well as we did first half and they got on top of us." Redknapp now has an injury concern over Bale, who was substituted in the second half with a back problem. Redknapp said: "I should have taken him off at half-time. His back went into a spasm and he didn't feel good."


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