Moyes pleased with progress

BY foxsports • May 13, 2011

Moyes takes his team to West Brom on Saturday, anxious to turn the tables on their hosts. Back in November Albion inflicted a humiliating 4-1 defeat on Everton at Goodison Park to leave them in 16th position. Six months on and the situation could not be more different in the blue corner of Merseyside after only one loss in 10 league games. Moyes said: "We are really pleased. It is a good run to be on and something we should be talking about at the end of the season. We aim to try and keep that going. "In November or December I would have looked at getting seventh place like winning the Champions League. "We have kicked on. We should never have found ourselves in the situation we were in but we did. "It was difficult early on but the players have rallied round, showed their true value and how they can play. If we finish in seventh that would be great but we don't want to get caught by the teams behind us. "I never doubted our character and spirit. I didn't think that was the reason we weren't winning games. It was because of quality that was why we didn't win." One of the key players in Everton's recent revival has been midfielder Leon Osman. Moyes said: "I think the supporters recognise how good a talent he is. He has made the most of his ability. Technically he is a gifted little player. "He is tenacious, he is tough and he runs as far as anyone in an Everton jersey every Saturday. He is a valuable to us and is a key member of the team and the squad." Moyes expects a difficult game against a side fashioned by former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson. "Roy has done a brilliant job. He has steadied and organised them, " said the Everton boss. "No-one should be surprised at his success because he has been a top manager. He went to Liverpool and the fit did not work. "But is very experienced and is proving that once again at West Brom. The Hawthorns has always been a tough place for us. It will be an intense and tough afternoon." Midfielder Tim Cahill is pushing for a place in the team after stepping off the bench and playing a part in the victory against Manchester City last weekend. Victor Anichebe could retain his place with Moyes pleased with the way the forward is developing. Moyes added: "What Victor had to do was improve his game generally. He has all the attributes needed to become a top player. "He is starting to show it and because of that people applaud you and clap you. He's had injuries and maybe now he is beginning to regain his confidence and show what he is capable of."

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