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Moyes Bemoans Poor Start

Boss says Blues paid the price for conceding early.

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David Moyes felt a poor start cost his side after their Capital One Cup hopes came to an end at Leeds.

The Blues conceded inside four minutes at Elland Road and fell two goals behind before Sylvain Distin grabbed a late consolation.

"We started badly and gave Leeds too much encouragement and because of that we ended up paying the cost," said Moyes. "We were disappointed because we were trying to get through in the cup.

"It was always going to be tough. We're not massively endowed in terms of the players who are available to us but I thought tonight we could still put out a side that could win the game. The first half was as poor as we've played this season."

Moyes made six changes to the side which eased to victory at Swansea on Saturday with midfielder Francisco Junior handed his first-team debut and summer arrival Bryan Oviedo drafted in for a maiden start.

Jan Mucha, Steven Naismith, Sylvain Distin and Magaye Gueye were also included in the starting XI, and Moyes said: "We gave some players an opportunity. We have a squad of players and we have to use them. You have to have a squad of players and when you get chances you have to give them games. We did that and one or two didn't do as well as they can do."

It all added up to a very disappointing evening for Everton's 5000 travelling supporters and the manager added: "If you looked at the team we put out tonight you would be disappointed if it didn't come and get a result. But in the first half we just didn't put in a good enough performance.

"I'm really sorry we weren't able to get the fans a result."

Reinold LederleI think the lads did well in bouncing back last night. COYB!

Sunday 30th September 09:26 Report Comment

Mike WilliamsMy fear is the knock on effect, demoralised team and results start to falter. You mugged yourself Moyes!

Thursday 27th September 07:33 Report Comment

Andy PearceWe all make mistakes - gotta move on. We're all experts in hindsight.

Wednesday 26th September 22:06 Report Comment

Edward RobinsonIt wasn't a team, just a bunch of players that didn't interact. A pointless trip (and an expensive one for 5000 loyal supporters.

Wednesday 26th September 20:58 Report Comment

james lockettsorry davey done it again tinkering with the team, Cup wise get the job done first then bring them on.

Wednesday 26th September 17:37 Report Comment

paul tiernanwe where awful ,hope a major lesson learnt.

Wednesday 26th September 16:41 Report Comment

paul tiernanwe where awful,never win nowt like this,really need to consider other options,ie strongest team.coyb. glad i,m not a saints fan though.

Wednesday 26th September 16:37 Report Comment

scott herringtonI can understand giving players a chance but six changes was too much, maybe three but not six, especially when the players coming in are new to the club or young.

Wednesday 26th September 12:46 Report Comment

Michael ShevlinDavid got it wrong once again, should of played side from Saturday, made the game safe then rested players, another opportunity gone begging.

Wednesday 26th September 11:46 Report Comment

joe coffeyWorst i've seen then them play in a long time in that first half.

Wednesday 26th September 10:33 Report Comment

Oz OwenShould have been 1st team then rested when in control. Liked what I saw of junior, ovideo. These will make good additions, Fellani should have started further up the pitch

Wednesday 26th September 10:23 Report Comment

Alec Walkerwhat a shambles, too many changes.I really feel sorry for the fans who travelled on an awful night.

Wednesday 26th September 10:12 Report Comment

Jonathan SomervilleVery disappointed over last night and another early exit from a winnable cup because of poor team selection, end of story - but we move on as ever COYB

Wednesday 26th September 09:48 Report Comment

Adam LaffoleyI'm taking the more positive view in that it is one less thing to worry about and let us focus on winning the league :D chin up lads, lets smash Southampton!

Wednesday 26th September 09:43 Report Comment

Mark NorwoodWe started the game thinking we already won it. Weak int he middle of the park which made Leeds boss the game! Need to turn this around now n the league and FA Cup!! Believe and be consistent.

Wednesday 26th September 09:40 Report Comment

John CrossleyBack down to earth with a bang. Some players did not seem too bothered, really disappointed, especially for the five thousand travelling Blues fans.

Wednesday 26th September 08:41 Report Comment

John O'Loughlineverton should give all the away supporters who went their money back. not good enough. what was moyes thinking

Wednesday 26th September 08:22 Report Comment

John KeeganShould have played strongest team first then used subs if in front

Wednesday 26th September 07:58 Report Comment

Anthony WainwrightExactly right John

Wednesday 26th September 08:51 Report Comment

raymond skellornPoor all night, not one player was up for it, even the subs were poor. Moyes made to many changes and i think it proves the squad has no strength in depth!

Wednesday 26th September 07:09 Report Comment

Sandipan DuttaWe didn't treat Leeds with respect - Moyes was over-confident that we could do it with a second string side - not having Leighton Baines even on the bench tells me we deserved to lose

Wednesday 26th September 05:18 Report Comment

Steven WhitingShould have started with a strong team and then rested players once we were ahead like in the last round. Bad decision by David Moyes today.

Wednesday 26th September 00:23 Report Comment

Liam NashThe side that wanted it most won.

Tuesday 25th September 23:47 Report Comment

Tim NiggWise comments from Moyes.

Tuesday 25th September 23:20 Report Comment

GLENN BORTONshocking played like we didnt want it.

Tuesday 25th September 22:54 Report Comment

Denis SullivanSorry. Mistake

Wednesday 26th September 00:22 Report Comment
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