MOYES: A GOOD FRIDAY
David Moyes hailed one of the best Everton performances of the season as his side triumphed 3-1 over Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.
First half goals from David Unsworth, Gary Naysmith and Joseph Yobo put the Blues in the driving seat as Moyes' men went 3-0 up inside the first 40 minutes.
But it wasn't just the goals, but also the performance that cheered the Goodison Chief, as he believed that their efforts in training finally came to fruition on the pitch.
He told evertonfc.com: " I was delighted with all the players. I thought their attitude and their workrate tonight was wonderful, as well as our play.
"It's a good start to the Easter period for us. We played extremely well in the first half, especially in the opening 30 minutes. The players were good at closing down and put Tottenham under a lot of pressure. To come in 3-0 up is a manager's dream really."
Defenders scored all of Everton's goals from set pieces and Moyes was happy that the goals are being shared among the side.
Whereas it was Yobo's second goal in as many games, it was Naysmith's first strike since August and the Blues Boss admits that it's good to have different names on the scoresheet.
"Hopefully, the three defenders scoring will save things up for the forwards for another game, because it's them who need to score really. But if defenders score goals, then it takes the pressure off the forwards and we really don't care who scores them!"
Despite the comfortable cushion at the interval, Moyes admitted that he was still a little nervous going into the second half, as recent results have proved that sometimes three goals isn't a sufficient margin for victory.
"Sometimes it's difficult when you're 3-0 up at half-time to kick on in the second half. This season you only need to look at some of the results recently in Europe and the Premiership to know that 3-0 isn't enough on some occasions," he continued.
"Football is changing so much, teams have so many attacking ploys, that when you lose one goal, you can go on to lose three quite quickly. I was determined tonight to make sure that the players didn't concede a goal, unfortunately we did, but at least we came away with the three points."
The result has given Everton a much needed boost going into a busy Easter period, with trips to Leeds and Chelsea still on the horizon, but Moyes believes that they can approach the remaining games with plenty of confidence.
Indeed, the Goodison Chief is targeting a top ten finish from the 2003/04 campaign to make it just as successful as the one he enjoyed in his first full season as manager last time around.
He concluded: "I've been saying all along that we should be looking up, rather than over our shoulders, because I do believe that if we win our next six games then we can get the same points total as we had last year.
"So, why should we not be positive and go for it? Whether we do is another thing - but I'm determined to try and get us into the top half of the league, because I think the players here are good enough to be in that position, but your league position doesn't lie when all is said and done."