MOYES: IT'S NOT OVER
David Moyes admits the Blues have still a job to do against SK Brann.
“From that day and that game I think we have learnt a lot, me as well. I have always said I felt for the whole club’s development we needed to get European football. We have needed these five or six games in Europe to help us build up a little bit of steam and more importantly confidence.”
The playing surface in the Brann Stadion last week did not help the Blues’ usual flowing passing game and Moyes was quick to defend the performance of skipper Phil Neville.
“Yes, Phil took a little bit of stick for his distribution in Norway,” said Moyes, “but while I don’t want to make excuses, if you could have seen what the pitch was like out there that might help explain things.
“What I would say is that Phil has been terrific ever since he has been here. He gives us an added dimension at full-back because he is willing to get forward and join in. He is always available. He never hides and if you look at the goals that have been scored from his area of the pitch, it’s probably higher than any other player at the club.
“But more than that he is great around the club. He is a leader and a great organiser. He does a lot of little things that people probably don’t notice. People look at players like Mikel Arteta, but Phil is just as influential in his own way.”
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