David Moyes has admitted that he has been disappointed by his
side's profligacy in front of goal during the pre-season
Four-and-a-half hours of football have now been played since the
Blues last found the ball in the back of the opposition net.
Alan Stubbs' injury-time free kick at Ibrox on Saturday 26
July was the last time an Everton player found himself on the
scoresheet and since then the games at Tannadice, Deepdale and the
Parkstad Limburg Stadion have seen the Toffees fire blanks.
Moyes insists that the recent goal famine is a matter for
concern and will be addressed before that start of the new
"We made the opportunities and I am disappointed that we
haven't scored any goals in three games now and it something we
have to look at because there were chances," he told
evertonfc.com following the 0-2 defeat at Roda JC.
"There was a chance in the opening 30 seconds, which we
didn't take and again that might have made the boys relax a
little bit more, but then in the second-half we created two or
three opportunities and didn't finish them off.
"It is a worry that we've not won in a few games and
not scored in three, so confidence levels can suffer going into a
new season. That is becoming a concern."
In the build up to the 2002-3 season the Blues had tasted defeat
just once against Anderlecht, however, Tuesday night's reverse
was the fourth loss of the current pre-season.
Moyes is now hoping that the recent run of bad form will be
reversed on Sunday when Bologna visit Goodison.
"We have had a couple of pre-season results we wouldn't
have wanted and hopefully we'll be ready when the league season
starts," he continued.
"I can't do anything too different because I have to
work with the same players. We have to do the same things with the
same players that we did last year and it is up to them."
Although the Goodison Chief admits that there is still a lot of
work to be done by both him and his players, before the new season
begins, he is refusing to call into question his side's
He said: "The second half at Roda was more like ourselves
and at least we showed things like attitude, desire and
determination, which was sadly lacking in the first half.
That's the positive I'll take from this game.
"We were a lot more like our true selves and I hope the
penny might have dropped now.
"I don't think there's anything wrong with their
attitude because I saw exactly what I want from them in the second
"We were more like ourselves but I don't think it
should always be down to me to do the hard work to push them on
because they know exactly what they've got to do."