MOYES: KEEP IT FRESH
David Moyes was delighted that his tactics paid off as Everton defeated Portsmouth 2-1 at Goodison Park.
The Blues Boss made a number of changes after the New Year's Day defeat to Tottenham, with Kevin Campbell, Gary Naysmith and Joseph Yobo replacing Marcus Bent, Alessandro Pistone and David Weir.
With the hectic festive period the fresh legs made all the difference as the Toffees plugged away and got their just reward in the dying seconds.
"We made several changes to try and keep people fresh," Moyes told evertonfc.com.
"You hear all the managers recently talking about the fatigue and the tiredness so I decided to try and change it about a little bit if I could and it worked for us.
"The boys came in to the team and they've added to the squad which everyone thinks is threadbare and with the addition of James Beattie as well it's beginning to make us look a lot tougher than we maybe looked several weeks ago."
After Alan Stubbs had headed the Blues into a 29th minute lead, Yakubu drilled home an equaliser for the visitors a minute later.
In the second half Everton threw everything they had at Pompey but couldn't seem to find a way past Arjan De Zeeuw, Linvoy Primus and Shaka Hislop but the Goodison Chief praised his side for the way they didn't give up.
With the match seemingly heading for a 1-1 draw, Moyes admitted that he was resigned to getting a point until Osman popped up with his usual late winner.
"It doesn't matter when it happens as long as it happens," he said. "I thought it was deserved.
"Joe Jordan's a good friend of mine and I'm gutted for him because they'd have been pleased with the point in the end but from our point of view it keeps us up and rolling and getting the points and that's what we want.
"We were always in the ascendancy and we couldn't break them down but in the second half we kept going.
"I thought it was the best performance from two centre halves that I'd seen all season at Goodison - De Zeeuw and Primus were nothing short of outstanding and they were probably the reason that we didn't get our goals.
"I thought that possibly we'd had our chances but it was great to keep at it. There were two or three of them on their knees - Tim Cahill, Tommy Gravesen who all kept plugging away trying to get it done and in the end Leon Osman, one of the boys who'd missed a couple of games and was a bit fresher, popped up with a brilliant goal."