Moyes: My Responsibility

by Mark Rowan @Everton

David Moyes took full responsibility for Everton's lacklustre showing during the first half of Tuesday's 0-2 defeat at Roda JC.

The Blues fell behind to two strikes inside five minutes from Tom Soetaers and Cristiano, which left the team reeling.

Moyes was hoping to reverse Everton's run of two consecutive pre-season defeats by altering his side's formation.

However, he admitted that on the night it failed to pay dividends against the Eredivisie outfit.

"I'll take responsibility," he told evertonfc.com.

"We tried playing slightly different in the first half. We can't be one-dimensional. We have to try and look for different things, but it didn't work out.

"There was something to be pleased about in the second half. At least I saw a bit more like we should be in terms of attitude and desire.

"There's a lot of hard work and honesty about us, and in the first half, I thought we were lacking.

"Our play was lacking, our style of play was lacking, but whatever you say and whatever players you pick they have to perform whatever way you set them out and they didn't do that.

Moyes blamed the two goals on the diamond formation he employed in the opening 20 minutes of the game.

Tobias Linderoth operated in a holding role just in front of the back four, while Leon Osman played 'in the hole' just behind the strike pairing of Radzinski and Campbell.

Early signs were encouraging when Mark Pembridge went close after 20 seconds, but as the Blues struggled to get to grips with the new system, Roda were quick to capitalise.

"I think it had an effect on us in that the scored the two goals in the first half," he continued.

"But there was still thirty minutes of the half to be played when I changed it back.

"I don't think it had any effect - they still passed round us and still played better than us when we changed it back to 4-4-2.

"Systems are important, but players are the most important."

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