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David Moyes has welcomed the return of Seamus Coleman, explaining that the defender offers his team an extra attacking threat.

The Republic of Ireland international, 24, has started the last two matches after a three-week absence through injury over the festive period.

With Tony Hibbert also sidelined following calf surgery, Moyes had been forced into shifting vice-captain Phil Jagielka to the right side of his defence.

But with Coleman now back available, Moyes believes there is more of a natural balance in the Everton side.

“Obviously Seamus offers one or two different things when he plays right-back. We’re glad to get him back,” said Moyes.

“He’s a very good player and he is improving. He is a young boy as far as football goes because he is pretty new into the professional scene.

“He learnt a little bit of his trade as a wide attacking player, albeit he has always been a full-back.

“He provided one or two opportunities for us [against Swansea] and maybe we should have attacked them a bit more.”

Despite only taking a point against Swansea, Everton have now lost just three of their last 31 Premier League matches, dating back to March 2012.

“We are really pleased but when you get into this situation you want to win games,” added Moyes, accepting it was a missed chance to put pressure on the clubs immediately above Everton in the table.

“There was an opportunity for us to do that but we didn’t take it. There’s no faulting the players though – they went to the last minute to try and get that goal.”

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