Boss Hopes To End Goal Drought

by Mark Rowan

David Moyes has admitted that he has been disappointed by his side's profligacy in front of goal during the pre-season campaign.

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 season.

"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 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 character.

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 half.

"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."

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