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Ruthless Response Thrills Moyes

Blues boss delighted with dazzling first-half spell.

Ruthless Response Thrills Moyes
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David Moyes was full of praise for his side’s emphatic response to going behind early against Southampton.

Gaston Ramirez stunned Goodison Park with a fifth-minute opener, but the Blues improved to blow their guests away with a dazzling passage of play.

Leon Osman kick-started the comeback before Nikica Jelavic scored a brace in what proved a rampant 20-minute spell for Everton.

With his side enjoying a 3-1 advantage, the second period passed in patchy fashion, but Moyes was more than happy the job had already been done.

He said: “We played ever so well at times in the first half. It took us 15 minutes or so to get going. I thought maybe there was a bit of a hangover from the result and the performance in midweek, but the players deserve great credit for going about their job and how well they played.

“It was nearly action every minute. It was great theatre for the 30 minutes or so before half-time. Really, we maybe could have scored more.

“We didn't need the half-time. We needed to keep playing. It's always a danger when you're winning by two goals because you're worried that if you concede one, then they are back in the game. We played a little bit like that in the second half.

“I was clapping at the amount of chances and opportunities we created. You could see how much the crowd were behind it as well - they really enjoyed it.”

Victory lifted Everton up to second place in the table ahead of Manchester United’s evening kick-off against Tottenham Hotspur.

It is a lofty position Moyes has every hope of now consolidating.

“I don't think Everton managers can really come in these days and say ‘let's avoid relegation',” he added. “That's always the first route for every club. The next part then is whether you can nick a European spot and, if you're very good, maybe you can make the dream spots.

“I want to be in there. I'd like us to be in the mix through the season. I don't think Manchester United or Manchester City will be worried that Everton are near the top of the league at this time of the year - they might be if it comes April and we're still near the top.”

Marius van ZylEverton made us proud yesterday. They showed us they have the goods.From now on consistancy should be the name of the game and who knows?

Sunday 30th September 11:06 Report Comment

raymond wilcocklistened to the commentary, sounded most impressive

Sunday 30th September 00:24 Report Comment

patrick liddaneAnother very impressive performance. Well done Everton and David Moyes.

Sunday 30th September 00:24 Report Comment

keith millerwell played blues, 20mins of easy on the eye football, but we have to start quicker and not go back to the days of giving teams a goal start thus us having to chase the game

Saturday 29th September 23:40 Report Comment

Ever TanSeamus - his future is now

Saturday 29th September 23:07 Report Comment

Peter SwansonWigan then Qpr next, can't wait. I'm hoping for 6 points from them IMWT

Saturday 29th September 21:14 Report Comment

good game,i like it.

Saturday 29th September 20:59 Report Comment

ANDY COSTIGANHave to admit to being a bit concerned about the pantomime defending for the Saints goal, but from then until haltime, we looked stunning... made for a pleasant evenings TV in Khartoum. COYB !!!

Saturday 29th September 20:35 Report Comment

Victor TayGreat game but yeah we should have scored more...

Saturday 29th September 20:03 Report Comment

Gordon WalkerCan't wait to see MOTD tonight but I bet we're on last (again)..

Saturday 29th September 19:49 Report Comment

shirley jowettI thought the back line looked shakey at times but great credit to all the team for a brilliant display,

Saturday 29th September 19:19 Report Comment

John CullyImpressive

Saturday 29th September 18:48 Report Comment

Linda Haywardfantastic havent seen everton play like that for years - long may it continue coyb

Saturday 29th September 18:45 Report Comment


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