Everton v Wolves reaction

BY foxsports • November 19, 2011

Having gone behind to Stephen Hunt's penalty, Phil Jagielka's header equalised just before half-time but it was not until seven minutes before the final whistle that Leighton Baines stroked home from the spot to secure the Toffees' first home win since mid-September. There were numerous occasions when crosses were over-hit or passes went astray but Moyes confessed, after five defeats in their previous six Barclays Premier League matches, he was not that bothered about how they achieved victory. "The points were all-important today," he said. "The way we went about it and how we got there was relevant but not as relevant as getting the three points and I think we deserved it in the end. "I thought we played well in the first half; we got some crosses in and some were good and some weren't and we got the ball in the box and didn't finish it off. "Then before we knew it we had given away a penalty and I thought 'Here we go again' but all credit to the lads for getting a goal back before half-time. "That was really vital. We needed to find a goal from somewhere and we looked like we were huffing and puffing. "We ended up winning the game with two set-pieces: a free-kick and a penalty." Prior to kick off there had been another march by supporters' group Blue Union to protest about stagnation at the club in relation to finding a new buyer and outside investment which, according to Merseyside Police, numbered about 250. But Moyes was impressed with the support for his team inside the stadium. "I thought the crowd were great and kept with the players," he said. "There were times in the second half when we went long a bit sooner than we should have but the players are anxious as well. "They were well aware how important three points were today. "The players kept going. We had tried to get it wide and crossed but often too close to the goalkeeper or crossed too early and from that it started to drain some confidence. "It didn't look as if anyone would see the final ball in the net but thankfully we got the penalty kick and that won us the game." The penalty, conceded when Stephen Ward was adjudged to have pushed Louis Saha, was disputed by Wolves manager Mick McCarthy. "I thought we put in a good away performance and I am really disappointed and annoyed we didn't get anything out of the game," he said. "I think it is a soft penalty, it was given for a two-handed push in the back of Saha but he went down easy. "If you were trying to nick his wallet off him he wouldn't go down as easy that's for sure." There was more bad news for Wolves as defender Richard Stearman was taken off with a suspected fracture after falling awkwardly in an aerial clash with Tim Cahill in the second half. "We think he has broken his arm or wrist," said McCarthy. "We will have to see how he is and it is a shame because he has been playing well."

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