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Moyes Shifts Euro Focus

Boss admits Champions League now very unlikely.

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David Moyes admitted Everton's Champions League chance could have gone after defeat at Sunderland.

But the boss insisted his players will now try to take as many points as possible over the remaining four games to try and finish fifth and secure a place in the Europa League.

Everton lost out at the Stadium of Light to a single Stephane Sessegnon goal and Moyes admitted it was a serious blow to his side's European aspirations.

The manager said: "We will go all the way. I don't think we can make the Champions League now but we will try and see if we can somehow overhaul whoever is in the Europa League place.

"We didn't play well enough, it's not like us but we gave a really poor goal away and in the end that was what cost us taking something from the game."

Moyes believed his side had weathered Sunderland's early enthusiasm before succumbing to a goal on the stroke of half time.

He added: "There was nothing in the game and I was looking forward to half-time. There was a big atmosphere and a big crowd but I think we coped with most things and Sunderland had run out of ideas.

"There were a few free-kicks which we were daft enough to give away but we coped well until the goal.

"In the second half we had lost of pressure but never the quality in the passing to play through people and get good balls into the box."

Moyes also confirmed that Phil Jagielka was missing with an recurrence of the ankle injury he suffered at Reading while also revealing Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe were forced off during the game with knocks.

"Gibson was injured," he added. "Jags opened up the cut he got against Reading during the Arsenal game so we had that problem and we had a problem with Victor Anichebe as well who had to come off with a hamstring injury."

Steve WestLiverpool could be without Suarez for the derby if the FA ban him.

Sunday 21st April 23:20 Report Comment

Thomas FarrellLeon's occasional brilliance a luxury we can't afford.

Sunday 21st April 20:54 Report Comment

Neil Hutchinsonyawn, yawn, yawn.....same old same old.

Sunday 21st April 17:40 Report Comment

david allencoyb keep fighting looked tired after arsnal game.

Sunday 21st April 15:59 Report Comment

joe blumkinIt's been a great season. Europa will help. Let's raise our game for the Anfield Derby.

Sunday 21st April 06:47 Report Comment

Hugh DanielsBottled it again! Everything to play for and we get a lackadaisical display, poor passing and off day from all the midfield except Felli - let Moysey and the fans down again boys....buck up!

Saturday 20th April 22:39 Report Comment

graham griffithsdisgrace!!! defence ok..midfield ok... attack very poor

Saturday 20th April 18:33 Report Comment

stephan longno champions league no Fellaini and Baines (build you up to knock you down)

Saturday 20th April 18:30 Report Comment

mark thompsonwhen faced with a big challenge, those good enough to play in europe show up. beyond big Fella and Howard, it was a case of cowardice of the nth degree.

Saturday 20th April 18:14 Report Comment


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