Moyes: Fitness The Key

by Mark Rowan

Everton boss David Moyes wasn't too despondent following the 1-2 defeat to Crewe as he maintained that the 90-minute workout his players endured was more important than the final scoreline.

Moyes and the rest of his backroom staff have been working hard both in Austria and at Bellefield to get the Blues in optimum condition in time for the new season which begins in little over a month's time.

Two fitness coaches have been employed by the Goodison Chief over the summer months in order to get the best out of his troops and there were encouraging signs at Gresty Road that their work is reaping dividends.

"I was disappointed that we didn't get something out of the game," he told

"I don't think that we deserved to lose the game, but the boys all got 45 minutes out of the game and that's the most important thing."

Defensive errors either side of half time allowed Steve Jones and Billy Jones to capitalise for the Railwaymen, while Kevin Campbell hit a consolation to ease the Blues' embarrassment ten minutes from time.

Moyes continued: "We made a few chances, hit the post, but a couple of poor defensive situations proved to be decisive. That's football. We'll be working on that in the next few days, but our priority is to get the players as fit as we possibly can.

"We're a little bit away from that at present, but we also need to work on their passing and control and their movement. But we want to get the players fitter than they were before."

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