Moyes: Saha must keep up slog

Published Nov. 20, 2010 1:15 p.m. ET

Moyes has bemoaned his side's lack of goals all season and is anxious for Saha to rediscover last year's touch. Last season's top scorer has not found the net in the Premier League since February and his frontline colleagues have fared little better. Only two of Everton's league goals this term have come from strikers - one each from Ayegbeni Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford - and Moyes wants more. Saha did have two months out with a calf injury but, after three substitute appearances, the 32-year-old has started the last two games against Bolton and Arsenal. Moyes has been impressed with his workrate but feels the goals now need to come and says the Frenchman must seize any moment of good fortune. "He has done OK," Moyes said. "He played well against Arsenal. "He had one or two shots but never got the goal, but I thought he did OK. "I think you make your own luck. They say the harder you work, the luckier you get, and I think there is part of that here. "I also think you could do with the ball now and again dropping to you in the right place. "But if you are in the right place often enough the ball does drop. "The key is both things - work for your luck but if you get it, take it." Everton, whose seven-game unbeaten run was ended by Arsenal last week, are not in action again until travelling to Sunderland on Monday. After last week's much-criticised international friendlies, that gives the Toffees crucial extra preparation time but Moyes has mixed feelings about the game's timing. He said: "I think a little bit more recovery will be vital for the ones that have played. "But it does mean you don't have as much rest before your next game, so you get it the other way round. "And while Monday is not a bad night to sit and watch the game on telly, when you are a manager or a player it is probably the last slot you really want. "Nevertheless we are happy to play and this is how football is now." Everton will face a Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light bubbling after last week's stunning defeat of Chelsea. Only last month the Wearsiders crashed to a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of rivals Newcastle but manager Steve Bruce has quickly turned the situation around. The Black Cats followed up by beating Stoke and then drawing at Tottenham before producing their remarkable 3-0 success over the champions. Moyes said: "In the past we have had a decent record there but we won't underestimate Sunderland, the way they are playing at the moment. "This is the Premier League this year. There have been a lot of games which could have gone either way. "Maybe there is more to come, maybe there will be a few more shocks. "The games are pretty tight. While it is like that you have always got a chance of getting a draw, while it's close you've always got a chance of a victory or defeat. "A lot of the games are like that - that's what makes it so exciting."