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Moyes Delight At Wigan Win

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

David Moyes was delighted as Everton continued their winning run over the festive period.

The Blues have now recorded back-to-back wins with Boxing Day's 2-1 win over Wigan following victory at West Ham by the same scoreline.

Everton went two up through Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka before Arouna Kone pulled one back to ensure a tense finish.

And Moyes paid tribute to his side's festive form as well as questioning the validity of Wigan's goal.

He said: "I've said to the players now we've won two from two and if you're taking six points from 12 over the Christmas period, some folk might deem that to be good.

"Now we've got to try and take some more if we can. We'll try and keep it going. We needed it today. We've drawn a lot of these games recently and you could have said in the last five or 10 minutes today that it could have been tight. But we had one or two other opportunities to score before we did do to finish it off."

Kone's goal with seven minutes left was prodded home after the ball bounced around the Everton box.

"I was disappointed we didn't keep a clean sheet today," continued Moyes. "For their goal, it's an incredible handball by Kone. He knocks it on right in front of himself to score.

But a typically honest Moyes also admitted his side could have conceded a penalty when Osman challenged Shaun Maloney in the box.

"I'm fed up of talking about the referees," continued the Goodison chief. "But I will answer because I don't want to be seen as to be answering questions only when it concerns [decisions against] my side.

"From where I was, I thought it looked like a penalty. When you see it again, I think there is a bit of debate whether there was any contact or not."

The Everton manager also revealed Darron Gibson was withdrawn at half time after he felt his thigh.

Moyes said: "Darron had a bit of a thigh strain. We were going to have to make some changes in any case to get a better grasp of the game."

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