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Moyes Shifts Euro Focus

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

David Moyes admitted Everton's Champions League chance could have gone after defeat at Sunderland.

But the boss insisted his players will now try to take as many points as possible over the remaining four games to try and finish fifth and secure a place in the Europa League.

Everton lost out at the Stadium of Light to a single Stephane Sessegnon goal and Moyes admitted it was a serious blow to his side's European aspirations.

The manager said: "We will go all the way. I don't think we can make the Champions League now but we will try and see if we can somehow overhaul whoever is in the Europa League place.

"We didn't play well enough, it's not like us but we gave a really poor goal away and in the end that was what cost us taking something from the game."

Moyes believed his side had weathered Sunderland's early enthusiasm before succumbing to a goal on the stroke of half time.

He added: "There was nothing in the game and I was looking forward to half-time. There was a big atmosphere and a big crowd but I think we coped with most things and Sunderland had run out of ideas.

"There were a few free-kicks which we were daft enough to give away but we coped well until the goal.

"In the second half we had lost of pressure but never the quality in the passing to play through people and get good balls into the box."

Moyes also confirmed that Phil Jagielka was missing with an recurrence of the ankle injury he suffered at Reading while also revealing Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe were forced off during the game with knocks.

"Gibson was injured," he added. "Jags opened up the cut he got against Reading during the Arsenal game so we had that problem and we had a problem with Victor Anichebe as well who had to come off with a hamstring injury."

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