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We Deserved It

The manager's views in the wake of the game with Manchester United.

We Deserved It

David Moyes has hailed the spirit which earned his Everton side a draw against Manchester United.

The Blues came back from a goal down to secure a point in Saturday's encounter at Goodison.

Marouane Fellaini netted the equaliser, chalking off Darren Fletcher's opener and lifting spirits around Goodison.

Everton may still be searching for their first home win of the season, but the manager believes the effort and spirit his team showed to get a result against the men from Old Trafford bodes well for the coming matches after a disappointing run of performances.

He said: "It was a lot better by us, especially in the second half. It was a lot more like us and at least you could see more determination. A lot of effort went into it and what comes from that at times is good play and good goals, so I'm really pleased by the second half.

"We had set up in a way to make it as difficult as possible for them to play against us. You can't forget how well they have been playing. They beat Celtic in midweek 3-0 and they were fantastic. They have been doing that to most teams in recent games so the last thing I wanted was for us to go a goal down or more than a goal down because it was going to be very difficult to get back in it.

"What happened (in the second half) was that we put them under pressure and we closed down. It is hard to do that for 90 minutes against Manchester United because they will eventually pick you off. There was a tennis game at one spell with lots of counter-attacking football so it made for an entertaining game for the supporters especially.

"Sometimes just working hard, which lifts the crowd, means that together you can bring back the sort of atmosphere we've had in the past at Goodison. It would have been a travesty if we hadn't got a point out of it because we earned that in the end."

The manager also praised Fellaini, the young Belgian international who was signed from Standard Liege for £15m on transfer deadline day.

He added: "Marouane is a 20-year-old lad. He is a young player who, I have no doubt, in the future you will here an awful lot more about. He has come into a team which, if we're being honest, is struggling at this present moment in time. We're asking him to come in and make that big a difference. But he has been doing well and the player deserves credit."

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