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Moyes Hails 'Fantastic' Blues

The Everton boss gives his views following the FA Cup tie.

Moyes Hails 'Fantastic' Blues

A delighted David Moyes heaped praise on his Everton players after seeing them book an FA Cup final place with a dramatic penalty shootout win over Manchester United.

The obviously emotional Goodison chief said his victorious charges had to take all the credit after bravely holding their nerve following a goalless draw at Wembley.

Phil Jagielka netted the winning kick but goalkeeper Tim Howard was just as much the hero, saving from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand.

"For everybody at Everton, it's fantastic," said Moyes, whose side will now face Chelsea in the May 30 final - their first appearance in the showpiece for 14 years.

"The effort the players put in. We're working towards success at Everton and if they keep doing what they're doing now we won't be far away.

"It was tough. Manchester United, whoever they play - if they'd put out their Under-14s it would've been a tough game.
 
"They go out to win every trophy, every competition. I thought we kept at it, I thought we could've played better at times, but Manchester United made it difficult for us."

Afterwards Moyes admitted his side had prepared for penalties but confessed he found few volunteers when the big moment arrived.

"Yes we did actually (practice penalties), we had a go," he said. "How can you practice? You come up, you have a go, if the goalie goes right he saves it, if he doesn't you score.
 
"We were struggling a bit to get five but thank goodness the goalie had a couple of good saves.
 
"He (Jagielka) was one of the ones who scored the other day in training. I think if he had his way he wouldn't have (taken one) but I didn't have too many takers there on the day."

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