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Saturday 27 September K.O. 12:45

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Moyes Rues Missed Opportunity

Boss laments mistakes as Everton's cup dream ends at Wembley.

Moyes Rues Missed Opportunity

David Moyes was left to rue a missed opportunity after seeing his side lose to Liverpool in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley.

The Blues went into the game off the back of some rich form, while their near neighbours have been struggling badly in the Premier League.

With that in mind many expected to see the bookmakers’ odds upset at Wembley but second half goals from Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll saw the Reds prevail.

And Moyes said: “The way we had been playing I thought it was our chance. Liverpool maybe have not been just where they wanted to be and we have been playing well.

“That’s why the game was very even and there was very little between the two teams. It was small margins that changed the result.

“It was a great chance for us to get to another final but we got to the last four which isn’t easy when you look at the sides that were in it.

“We are competing against very good sides and the players should take pride from that. The game was very tight. Liverpool improved in the second half – no doubt about that. I always just felt we were of a mind that we could see it out.”

Nikica Jelavic put the Blues ahead midway through the first half after a terrible mix-up in the Liverpool defence before Sylvain Distin’s errant backpass allowed Suarez to level on the hour.

Seamus Coleman’s reckless tackle gave away the free-kick which led to the winner and Moyes felt it was a game ‘defined by mistakes’.

“I thought we had played well enough to be a goal up at half time. We always knew Liverpool would come out - they were a goal down in a semi-final so they were always going to. But I thought we had weathered it and were just beginning to get back in the game. Obviously we made the mistake and it gave Liverpool more impetus.

“There was very little between the teams. It was mistakes that changed the game. The second one as well, it is a poor, poor decision and because of that we concede the goal.

“Up to that the game had been very tight and there was very little between the teams. There were defining moments and they were there for all to see.”

patrick liddaneFair play to all the Evertonians saturday, was great to see us back at Wembley and especially for the repect of the 1 min silence. Well done everyone. Just a pity about the second half performance.

Monday 16th April 12:23 Report Comment

Alec WalkerIt is one of Evertons favourite habits, get the lead and then sit back and let them come at you. You can't put all the blame on Distin.

Sunday 15th April 12:49 Report Comment

patrick liddaneFeel sorry for Distin as he has been great for us. Too many players underperformed second half so its not one players fault!!!!

Sunday 15th April 11:17 Report Comment

patrick liddaneVery dissapointing second half performance, some players went missing when we needed big perfomances. Great chance to reach the final Wasted!!!!!!

Sunday 15th April 11:14 Report Comment

Simon GoodisonOne person is not to blame, we were not good enough in the second half. Complete change from the first 45min which we controlled. Next best thing is to finish above them!

Sunday 15th April 10:27 Report Comment

brian SephtonSad that it was Sylvain one of my players of the year ,he is bigger and better than and will prove it .We all make them and it was no worse than theirs COYB

Saturday 14th April 23:04 Report Comment

Nazar SakhatovIt could ve gone either way,unfortunately it went the wrong way

Saturday 14th April 17:39 Report Comment

Ray SniderLpl play their 3rd team Goalie and we don't take any shots ? Don't put him under any pressure.? Try playing attacking football.Liverpool were awful and we gave the game away.

Saturday 14th April 17:26 Report Comment

marjorie jonesdont fret too much dissapointed but chins up and just dont give up every faith in all the teamjuust win some important games and good luck

Saturday 14th April 17:16 Report Comment

Victor TayCome on Sylvain, u have been a inspiration this season, keep it up and do your best till the end of the season. We still have to try and maintain a high finish in the league and WE NEED YOU!

Saturday 14th April 16:05 Report Comment

Ken WrightWhat a tragedy for Sivain D, as he's had such a good season. Sadly, with being so one-footed, he always seems to have a mistake like that in him.

Saturday 14th April 15:59 Report Comment


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