MOYES: IT'S NOT OVER
David Moyes admits the Blues have still a job to do against SK Brann.
David Moyes admits entry into the last 16 of the Uefa Cup is not a foregone conclusion.
The Blues take a two-goal lead into the second leg at Goodsion against SK Brann on Thursday, courtesy of Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe.
Yet the Everton chief is urging his side they still have a job to do.
He told evertonfc.com: “I can’t lie and tell you we don’t have a chance.
“If you’d have given me 2-0 before the game I would have said fantastic but there is still 90 minutes to be played. We have seen football games turned around very quickly.
“I have got to make sure that doesn’t happen and I taking precaution telling everybody it is an important game and we have to do the job correctly.”
Last week’s victory in Norway set a club-record sixth consecutive win in Europe and Moyes is buoyed by the confidence throughout the squad for Uefa Cup matches.
“I have found in all the games we have had to make alterations,” he explained.
“They maybe small ones and not always noticeable to the eye - none more so than the first game against Metalist (Kharkiv) – by the end of the game I was mentally drained trying to make changes.
“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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