Moyes mindful of drop fears

March 8, 2011

The Scottish boss has been left exasperated by his side's ability to blow hot and cold. Everton face Birmingham on Wednesday, knowing a third successive league victory will take them into eighth place, just behind local rivals Liverpool. They go into the match at Goodison Park on the back of a win at Newcastle, but that came in the wake of a home FA Cup defeat by second tier Reading. Moyes said: "I want the players to show how good they are and go on a decent run and get a bit of consistency. "Our players are always good at bouncing back and showing it matters to them. I think the resolve has always been there. "It has been in the make-up over the years. But we do not want to be winning one game and losing one." Moyes wants his team to push for sixth spot and banish any fears of relegation once and for all. And he is comforted by the fact their home league form has been nothing short of superb, with only three defeats in the last 25 games. "I am going to try and do it. I am not sure if it is realistic or not. But we will try to get as high up as we can," he said. "We want to stay away from the bottom end. Certainly if we get another win or two then it will make sure we can't get pulled back into that. But we have still got a bit of work to do. "We have won three out of our last four Premier League games so we are doing okay." Skipper Phil Neville will miss the match after he suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend. John Heitinga looks set to return to the team. Victor Anichebe is doubtful with a knock while Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini are again ruled out through injury. Opponents Birmingham find themselves in the relegation zone after they lost to local rivals and fellow strugglers West Brom at St Andrews. That setback came following their shock Carling Cup victory against Arsenal at Wembley the previous weekend. Moyes believes the Blues may be suffering from "second season syndrome". "They had a great year after coming up and sometimes it can happen," said the Everton boss, who expects a side fashioned by fellow Scot Alex McLeish to be hard to beat. "But they are doing great in the cups. They did well to get a marvellous result against Arsenal. That shows you the level of the Premier League and how tough it is. "However we have got to go and try and continue our relatively good league form."