'We've Overcome Adversity'
Everton boss commends his side for surviving season-long injury crisis.
David Moyes says his players must be commended for the way they have overcome the obstacles which threatened to derail their season.
The Blues have had to survive much of the current campaign without the likes of James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe and Yakubu - a player who alone weighed in with 21 goals last term.
Add other serious injuries to midfield creator Mikel Arteta, centre back Joseph Yobo and French speedster Louis Saha and it beggars belief that the Blues find themselves preparing for an appearance in next month's FA Cup final.
Furthermore, Moyes' men are still in with a chance of a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League ahead of Wednesday’s Wembley dress rehearsal at Chelsea.
"I have to give the players credit, they have been magnificent," said Moyes. "It's an achievement for the players, through the adversity of injuries to key players.
"People have come in and taken their chances and it would be great if we could finish in a good league position as well as a Cup final.
"This will be three out of the last four years [we've finished] in the top six and qualified for Europe."
Moyes also added his view to the raging debate which has emerged over the state of the Wembley pitch at the weekend.
Television pictures clearly showed the ease with which the turf at the recently rebuilt national stadium was giving way.
"It was great to be playing on the pitch in the first place," said Moyes. "But the pitch isn't great, I have to say.
"The standard of pitches in the Premier League has improved a lot and it looks as if the pitch at Wembley isn't at the level that Premier League pitches are in the week-in, week-out games that you play.
"It was sapping because of the length of the game but we are in good spirits."