FOOTBALL : David Moyes’ appetite for getting Everton back on track has been whetted by Wednesday night’s gutsy 1-0 triumph at AEK Athens which saw his team clinch a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
David Moyes’ appetite for getting Everton back on track has been whetted by Wednesday night’s gutsy 1-0 triumph at AEK Athens which saw his team clinch a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
The 46-year-old Scot was heartened by his players’ determination as they ground out a 1-0 victory which saw them qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare.
“I feel as if the blood is pumping through the veins again,” said a delighted Moyes. “I think that a result and performance like this can get the players going and if it does then that’s great.”
He added: “This has helped in the past and I’m sure it will boost our confidence but it is still going to be very tough.
“The players know what is required to start getting results and (last night’s) performance will help.
“We want to build on this and I think things will be even better when we get some of the players missing through injuries back.”
It remains to be seen at what cost Everton’s return to winning ways has come, however, as defenders Dan Gosling and Sylvain Distin, along with striker Jo, were all forced off due to injuries to add to the club’s ever-growing crocked list.
“I don’t think Jo’s injury is serious,” Moyes said. “I am concerned about [Sylvain] Distin and Dan [Gosling] though as both are both hamstring strains. We will have them assessed.”
A heavy downpour just before kick-off meant the already fragile pitch deteriorated further, and surface water troubled both teams as the rain continued to fall throughout the first half.
“I think the conditions did play a part. It was an energy-sapping pitch,” Moyes said. “It was like back to the old days. I would have enjoyed it in my playing days but I don’t know how some of the players felt about the conditions out there.”