Moyes: We Were Fortunate
David Moyes gives honest assessment of Blackburn draw.
David Moyes gave an honest assessment of Everton’s display after the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers.
Tim Cahill’s first goal since December 2010 had put Everton in front, but David Goodwillie earned Rovers a point when he charged down Cahill's clearance and saw his effort trickle in, with Tim Howard’s claims of a foul by Steven Nzonzi in the build-up falling on deaf ears.
Blackburn were equally perturbed at Everton’s goal, however, with Marouane Fellaini appearing to handle the ball before Cahill struck.
“I think we were fortunate to get a point,” said Moyes. “Blackburn had the better of the first half and we were certainly fortunate to go in 1-0 up.
“I hoped that once we’d got the goal, even though it wasn’t one of our better days, we’d have hung on to it.
“We needed our better players to pull it up and make something happen for us.
“Shane Duffy had a terrific game. He was arguably our best player today and he’s a young boy; we just needed a lot more in every department.”
He continued: “I think there was a handball in the build-up to our goal. Nzonzi was definitely offside, 100 per cent. There was a foul in there as well.”
One plus point was Cahill’s first goal in over a year and Moyes said: “Tim has looked more likely to score in recent weeks. He’s been playing better and coming into a little bit of form.”
The result saw Everton slip down to 14th place in the Premier League table and Moyes admitted he’s still looking to dip into the transfer market before the January window closes.
“I’ll keep looking and see what’s available,” said Moyes. “We’ve got a big job on.”
Rovers boss Steve Kean added: “We felt Everton scored against the run of play. At half-time we didn’t need to change too much and I was pleased with our second-half display.”