David Moyes hopes tonight's friendly with Dutch First
Division side Roda JC can some way make up for missing out on a
Uefa Cup place.
Evertonians don't need reminding that the Blues narrowly
missed out on European competition on the final day of last season
following defeat by Champions Manchester United.
Moyes has admitted since that he was hurting for a huge chunk of
the summer break after failing to qualify and his disappointment
was matched by supporters who had enjoyed the huge progress made
during the previous nine months.
This time last year there were tentative messages coming from
the manager and his players about the possibility of qualifying for
Europe but many believed that avoiding relegation was the primary
This time around, however, the story is a different one and
Moyes wants tonight's match to act as a pre-cursor as to what
he wants to happen in the future.
"We are looking forward to it as it is another opportunity
to get a game on foreign soil," he told evertonfc.com.
"It maybe makes up a little bit for us missing out on
Europe but hopefully next year we will have the chance to sample
the real thing."
Everton have enjoyed an indifferent pre-season campaign and the
Blues Boss is now looking for his team to pick up a couple of
victories before the big kick-off against Arsenal.
The win at Glasgow Rangers was overshadowed by subsequent 0-1
defeats at Dundee United and Preston that has left and Moyes
looking for a positive response in Holland.
He added: "I am concerned and we have to do better. We
need to win some games in the build-up to the start of the
"The players did very well last year so we have to be
careful with what we say at the moment but we hope they will do
better and I am sure that they will once we get underway."