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Moyes Wants Even More

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

David Moyes wants even more from his players after they hung on to beat Spurs 1-0.

Everton defended in gritty fashion after Nikica Jelavic had got the only goal of the game in fine style in the first half.

And while delighted with the three points, the perfectionist Blues manager wants to see even more from his side.

But he did declare that Spurs are the best side to visit Goodison this season.

"The result, not the performance was satisfying," said Moyes afterwards. "We got a result but we can play much better, certainly than we did in the second half.

"We were partly architects of our own downfall in the second half when we kept giving the ball away and gave Tottenham encouragement to keep coming forward and throwing men forward.

"In the end we had to say ‘if we cant keep the ball we are going to have to try and keep you out'. Thankfully we did that."

Jelavic was starting at Goodison for the first time and took the goal splendidly.

"We have missed the chances where people can make something from nothing," observed Moyes. "It was nearly not a chance, he takes it early and hopefully he is someone like that who gets us a few goals out of nothing. Ossie did great to set it up."

The Spurs match was the latest in an intense sequence of fixtures for Everton and Moyes was thrilled to snare all three points.

"The mood in the dressing room is great that we got a result today but I have told them that they have got to play better," he chided.

"But I have also told them that they have played a really good team tonight. I thought that was as good a team as we have seen at Goodison this season.

"It was going to be a tough period to pick up points so to get three points tonight is a good start to that period of league games."

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