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What The Papers Say

A summary of Saturday's papers.

What The Papers Say

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The Echo

EVERTON FC will definitely be without striker Nikica Jelavic for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League trip to Swansea.
 
The Croatian bruised his knee and shin in a collision with a post early on in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Monday night and, although he tried to carry on, he was substituted later in the first half.

Midfielder Darron Gibson is also out as he continues his recovery from a thigh strain while full-back Tony Hibbert is a doubt after picking up a knock.
 
Meanwhile, David Moyes hopes Everton can take their chance to push up into the Barclays Premier League’s top four in tomorrow's match.
 
The Toffees would have moved joint level with Manchester United in second had they beaten Newcastle on Monday night but they were denied by a last-minute Demba Ba equaliser.
 
Moyes said: "We’ve quite often done that and not got in the position we really want to be, whether that’s cup finals or semi-finals or the chance to push ourselves into a really strong league position, so it’s the next step we have to try to take."

Daily Mirror

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup expects several players nursing injuries to be fit to face Everton at the Liberty Stadium.

Ashley Williams (ankle), Leon Britton (illness), Jonathan de Guzman and Danny Graham (both ankle) are carrying knocks but should be available.

Kemy Agustien (calf) joins a lengthy list of absentees including Neil Taylor (broken ankle), Chico Flores (suspension), Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Garry Monk (back), while Laudrup could hand first Premier League starts to Pablo Hernandez and Ki Sung-yueng.

Everton will definitely be without striker Nikica Jelavic for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Swansea.

The Croatian bruised his knee and shin in a collision with a post early on in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Monday night and, although he tried to carry on, he was substituted later in the first half.

Midfielder Darron Gibson is also out as he continues his recovery from a thigh strain while full-back Tony Hibbert is a doubt after picking up a knock.

The Sun

DAVID MOYES is ready to give Everton nearly-man Victor Anichebe another chance.
 
The 6ft 3in Nigeria striker, 24, notched his first Premier League goal six years ago yet has never convinced his critical boss.
 
But Anichebe — sub for a club record 87 times — stepped off the bench to score against Newcastle on Monday.
 
Now he hopes to face Swansea today with Nikica Jelavic still crocked from a collision with team-mate Leon Osman in Monday’s 2-2 draw.
 
Moyes said: “Victor’s always been on the fringes but he’s got attributes most people would die for — he’s powerful and he’s fast. His work-rate and effort has improved.
 
“We don’t have that big a squad so he’ll play his part. If we’re going to be successful, we need Victor to play well and score goals.”
 
Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, released by Wolfsburg, is having trials but Moyes has ruled out signing free agent Owen Hargreaves.

Daily Star

DAVID MOYES hopes the penny has finally dropped for Everton enigma Victor Anichebe.

The 6ft 3in striker cannot force his way into the team and still warms the bench six years after his first Premier League goal.

But Anichebe stepped up to score against Newcastle on Monday and see another perfectly good header controversially ruled out in the 2-2 draw.

The 24-year-old Nigeria international could now get a rare start today at Swansea with Nikica Jelavic out after colliding with team-mate Leon Osman.

Moyes said: “He’s got attributes which most people would die for. He’s powerful and he’s fast. I think he knows he has to start making a bigger impact.

“His work-rate and effort has improved. I’ve seen it in training and I saw it in pre-season. He knows himself it’s a big part of what he has to do.

“He needs to be a bit tougher in his all-round application to his game.

“And he needs to be more focused on being a regular player and scoring goals. I think he’s always been on the fringes.

“He knows he has to now shake himself up. He’s got opportunities to come off the bench and to start.

“We don’t have that big a squad so he’ll play his part.”

Moyes is still running the rule over Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, released by Wolfsburg, but has ruled out a move for Owen Hargreaves.

The Independent

David Moyes hopes Everton can take their chance to push up into the Premier League's top four when they meet Swansea today.

Moyes' side would have moved joint-level with Manchester United in second had they beaten Newcastle on Monday, but they were denied by Demba Ba's last-minute equaliser.

Moyes said yesterday: "We've quite often done that and not got in the position we really want to be, whether that's cup finals or semi-finals or the chance to push ourselves into a really strong league position, so it's the next step we have to try to take."

The Guardian

David Moyes has urged his Everton players to "take the next step" as they try to push up into the Premier League's top four when they meet Swansea at lunchtime on Saturday.


Everton would have moved joint level with Manchester United in second had they beaten Newcastle on Monday night but they were denied by a last-minute Demba Ba equaliser.

"We've quite often done that and not got in the position we really want to be, whether that's cup finals or semi-finals or the chance to push ourselves into a really strong league position, so it's the next step we have to try to take," Moyes said.

It was a night where Everton showed solidarity with their city rivals Liverpool as they remembered the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and their families' long fight for justice. But all the talking points at the end of the match were about the performances of the officials after Marouane Fellaini was denied a goal by an errant offside flag before Victor Anichebe's header clearly crossed the line but was also not given.

Goalline technology has already been approved by Fifa and Moyes accepts it is only a matter of time before it is introduced in the Premier League, but his main disappointment was that his team could not hold on to their lead.

"The goalline one you can say needs technology but the offside one is not going to change, so that disappointed me as much as the goalline one. Technology will come in on the goalline, I've got no doubt about that, and I think it's moving forward," he said. "It's frustrating because it's their [the officials'] job to get it right and they didn't get it right but looking back at the DVD of how we played throughout the night was very good. We've been pleased with our form, with the performances of the players. We could have won it and there's no-one else to blame but ourselves because we were 2-1 up with a few minutes to go and we didn't see it out. We have to play the games for 90 minutes and win them ourselves."

Swansea have also had a good start to the season under their new manager Michael Laudrup and sit level on seven points with Everton but two places ahead in fifth because of their superior goal difference.Everton won both of their Premier League meetings last season, keeping clean sheets both times, but Moyes believes Swansea pose a greater goal threat under Laudrup than they did under predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

He said: "Swansea are a really good side and have done great but it's a different season, a new manager. From what I've seen already I think he's slightly different to Brendan in how they play, I don't think you're going to see an identical Swansea to last year. They look as if they can score goals, they've got a little bit more threat and they've shown that."

Everton will be without the striker Nikica Jelavic for the trip. The Croat bruised his knee and shin on a post early on against Newcastle and, although he tried to carry on, he was substituted later in the first half. The midfielder Darron Gibson is also out as he continues his recovery from a thigh strain while full-back Tony Hibbert is a doubt after picking up a knock.

The Swansea winger Nathan Dyer, meanwhile, does not see Saturday's game with Everton's Leighton Baines as a chance to prove his internationals credentials to the England manager, Roy Hodgson.

Dyer has been mentioned as a potential England call-up for some time, and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand recently used his Twitter account to champion the forward's cause.

Dyer said: "I think it will give me an extra nudge to face a player of his [Baines's] quality, but when I go out I just enjoy playing, I don't think I need to do this or that for something else to happen, what comes my way, comes my way.

"It has been nice to get mentioned and to have other players and fans recognise I have been playing well, but it's one of those things, you have to keep going, keep grinding out performances, scoring goals and making assists and hopefully you can get a chance."But the players in the England squad are great players themselves, so I am not going to say that I should be involved, that's up to selectors and it's up to me to keep pushing."

Tony FitzGreat team effort again today boys. Defenintly should have been 6/7-0. The only way is up now guys. keep up the good work. IMWT!!!

Saturday 22nd September 16:50 Report Comment

shirley jowettanother good performance. Heitinger should start more often. Best player on the pitch. c o y b

Saturday 22nd September 16:46 Report Comment

Victor TayCome on you Blues!

Saturday 22nd September 12:45 Report Comment

Danny Kyles10 points after 5 games, i think we would have taken that at the start of the season.. victor should be able to step up, he was a nightmare for the toon on monday night... COYB

Saturday 22nd September 09:29 Report Comment

Nathanael Mcilwainwhat happend to vellios, he could at least be a sub

Saturday 22nd September 08:39 Report Comment

Sean O'HareI would expect him to be a sub for today match.

Saturday 22nd September 12:25 Report Comment
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