Ewood Thriller Delights Moyes
Reaction to the Blues' trip to Ewood Park.
David Moyes praised his side's attitude and determination after Everton edged a five-goal thriller at Ewood Park.
The Blues looked to be heading for a frustrating fourth successive draw until Tim Cahill popped up in the last minute to finally see off dogged Blackburn Rovers.
"It was a great game for us because we played ever so well," Moyes told evertonTV. "I nearly lost the will for a wee while there but the boys kept doing the right things and got their reward.
"We had a great start and for 20 minutes I thought we played as well as ever. But we had to deal with all the things you'd expect from Blackburn - lots of balls into the box and corner kicks, which were hard to deal with. We had a lot of injuries today, so credit to the boys who came in and did it."
Moyes' decision to replace right back Tony Hibbert with rested striker Yakubu midway through the second half proved the catalyst for victory.
The Nigerian put Everton 2-1 ahead with his very first touch and then laid on the winner for Cahill.
"I think a lot got made about the sub," said Moyes modestly. "I mean Yak could easily have started today, I just decided on Louis Saha. He came on, scored and made a goal, but I thought the performance had been good before that. I was a bit undecided how to get him on, but I knew we had to win if we were going to have any chance [of qualifying for Europe].
"When we get them all fit, we've got a [great] side - I really do think that. But we've got to learn not to gives ourselves so much hard work once we're in front, we've got to learn to win it."