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Moyes Hails Perfect Response

Boss says City win will remind rivals not to write Everton off.

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Manager David Moyes said his players provided just the reaction he’d hoped for after watching Everton stun Manchester City at Goodison Park.

On the back of last weekend’s FA Cup disappointment against Wigan, the Blues dominated proceedings against the champions, with Leon Osman's sublime strike and Nikica Jelavic's injury-time effort sealing three points despite the hour-mark dismissal of Steven Pienaar.

"I'd have been disappointed and surprised if we hadn't had a reaction but the players did great today," said Moyes. "We played the champions of England and I thought we gave them a right good going for their money.

"The players knew that we were rubbish last week. We've been very good all season and you're watching a very good Everton side - the best I've had.

"Their football is excellent and we've got internationals in pretty much every position. We've created as many chances as most teams in the Premier League, so there's a lot of good things about Everton."

Referee Lee Probert had a busy afternoon, with Roberto Mancini displeased to only receive a free-kick as opposed to a penalty for a handball by Marouane Fellaini in the dying minutes.

But with Pienaar's sending off - a second yellow coming for a late tackle on Javi Garcia - as well as a harshly disallowed Kevin Mirallas goal, Moyes had his own reasons to question the officials.

"The sending off was a terrible decision,” he said. “The boy [Garcia] rolls about three times when it happens and there's hardly any contact, so I thought it was the wrong decision.

"We had played well before that point. We scored a goal in the first half that was onside, but we didn't get it. I thought they had got a penalty but it wasn't in the box so I can't argue with that, but the decision for us to be under that much pressure I thought was wrong. It went for us in the end, so I'm not going to complain.

"If you watch Everton regularly, you'd have to say today is typically what we do. I thought we played really well in the first half and in the second, when down to 10 men, we did what Everton did 11 years ago when I took over. We were resilient, hard to beat.

“We made sure the opposition didn't score and threw ourselves on the line for the team. The players showed they were a team and the performance against Wigan is one that doesn't happen very often.

"We've got a tough run-in, we play a lot of the top teams and we're going to have to take one game at a time if we can. Today makes people realise we've not gone away - we're still there."

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ROBERT MOSSFantastic performance displaying all that is great about the current squad. The drive, the atmosphere and motivation were back.

Sunday 17th March 10:06 Report Comment

brian dawnGreat result .Great Game. and what a response from the fans it took me back many years ago when everyone joined in the singing and backing the team well done the blue boys

Sunday 17th March 07:56 Report Comment

Karl StewartWhat happened last week ?Would swop that win today for a trip to Wembley.

Saturday 16th March 22:37 Report Comment

shaun hughesso proud to be a blue today,excellent ,keep it going blues

Saturday 16th March 22:27 Report Comment

John VanderwerffThis is why I love my Everton!

Saturday 16th March 21:05 Report Comment

Ever TanThe best full back today on the pitch wasn't Bainsey - and that's not a bad thing. Seamus completely eviscerated City and it was a joy to watch.

Saturday 16th March 21:05 Report Comment

lee wattersonwhat a great result down to 10 men and still we beat the champions. come on moyes sign that contract.

Saturday 16th March 20:37 Report Comment

martin lloydVictor,superb again

Saturday 16th March 19:55 Report Comment

Daniel MillerMuch-a more like it Blues!

Saturday 16th March 19:04 Report Comment

Neil BullockGloves off to Mucha today, made some great stops under City pressure. Like last week (unfortunately) didn't put a foot wrong

Saturday 16th March 18:00 Report Comment

David AttwoodGreat result ...lets hope that the pheonix has arisen from the ashes of last weeks cup defeat ....COYB

Saturday 16th March 17:31 Report Comment

Andrew PGreat job Moyesie and the players - every one of them was class today.

Saturday 16th March 16:57 Report Comment

shirley jowettWell done blues. What a fantastic entertaining game. Lets kick on and secure a place in Europe. COYB.

Saturday 16th March 16:44 Report Comment

john mckenziegreat result today brilliant team effort can take on anyone and win when we play like we did today so proud COYB!

Saturday 16th March 16:44 Report Comment

daniel skrypAbsolutely magical club. Regards from Canada

Saturday 16th March 16:29 Report Comment
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