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Nev Reveals Moyes Motivation

Blues captain lauds Goodison chief for inspirational semi-final team-talk.

Nev Reveals Moyes Motivation

Phil Neville has revealed how an inspirational team-talk by manager David Moyes triggered Everton's FA Cup semi-final defeat of Manchester United.

The Blues captain enjoyed one of his finest performances in a Royal Blue jersey as the Toffees upset the odds to reach the final of the competition for the first time since winning it in 1995.

And Neville, who spent 11 seasons sampling success with Manchester United, believes his current boss came up with the perfect plan to combat Sir Alex Ferguson's quintuple-hunting side.
“I thought the manager won us the game,” declared Neville. “On Tuesday he gave us one of the best team talks I have heard and that set us up for the week.

“He set us up to attack Manchester United, not be fearful but to be positive. He instilled belief.

“Beating Liverpool gave us the belief we can go on and beat any team. We need to show that again in the final.

“We have just got more confident with every round. We have got Chelsea now in the final and anything can happen. We have stepped up to the plate in every round and now we aim to do it in the final.”

Growing in influence throughout the game, it was no surprise to see Neville lead by example in the penalty shootout.

“It was a difficult day for me, to score a penalty but know you cannot celebrate in the face of those who have helped you so much in your career," he said. "This was like a Cup final for the fans but now we are coming back again in four weeks time.

“Hopefully then we will play better than in this semi-final, but the experience of it will help us. Before the game I would have said the semi-final should not have been at Wembley. I was really against it and thought it should have been played in Manchester or Villa Park.

“Ask me now and I would say I was glad it was here because it is a fantastic feeling to win at Wembley.”

It's a feeling Neville is keen to experience again on Everton's return to the capital on May 30.

For now, though, he is proud to say he is captain of a side he always felt had the potential to fight for trophies.

“I came to Everton because the manager promised me we would be challenging for honours,” he continued. “I did not want to end my career closing the trophy cabinet doors. I didn’t come here to wind down or step back in any way. I spoke with the manager and listened to his plans and I was impressed. It has taken some time but I think we are getting closer to delivering on that promise.

“Winning a trophy is better than a good league placing. What do you get for finishing fifth or sixth in the league, for losing a Carling Cup semi-final to Chelsea or going out valiantly to Fiorentina in the Uefa Cup? As players, nothing.

“We need a trophy and that is our next big hurdle. It is about time this team started winning trophies again and hopefully if we can win this it will put us back in the big time.

“Winning silverware can give you confidence and help to attract better players. For so long we have been fighting against the elements – a small squad and lack of money but we have stuck together.

“I am very proud of what is going on here. I was used to winning things at United but they say that your next success is the best and I believe that.

“But I am experienced enough to know that we have won nothing yet. The semi was a truly great occasion for us and our fans, but it was only a semi. We have to do this again to get our hands on a trophy.”

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Katie FlanaganNeville this year as been one of the main reasons for our success, his leadership over the team has been vital, and you can tell the team feel the same why because they mention it in interviews, Neville has also had his best performances in the everton shirt in the last few months with his consistency and effort every game. He might have been man u through and through but he still gave it is all yerstday and kept the team going in this long season. Keep it up Neville.

Tuesday 21st April 17:03 Report Comment

eric mcnamarawhat a top bloke. if rooney scored a peno imagine the goating he would do with the man u badge in front of our fans. with a team spirit like this we already have 1 hand on the cup

Tuesday 21st April 14:12 Report Comment

Andy FlanaganI have always been your biggest critic, I never truely believed you could love this club with your manu background. I have also never been happier to be proven wrong. Your inspiration will be vital in the final. Well done Phil

Tuesday 21st April 13:44 Report Comment

David GrundyI think the relationship from Chairman through Manager, to Captain is the best of any premiership team. BK is inspirational and his partnership with DM is something that we can only learn from in life. 100% togetherness through mutual trust, respect and commitment. That relationship is also seen very strongly in the way our captain leads our team. By example. By understanding what the manager wants and by delivering, to the best of his ability, on the pitch and off it. Well done Pip. There may have been some doubters since you joined Everton. Not me personally, but I read internet chat most days. If any doubters still remain, I'll eat my Felli wig with custard. There just aren't any anymore. THANK YOU

Tuesday 21st April 13:07 Report Comment

Dave OlderNev, once again this season you have been a class act, consistent week in week out, and that tackle on Ronaldo at Goodison was deserving of an award in itself!!!! You deserve to lift the Cup in May!!!! COYB

Tuesday 21st April 12:53 Report Comment

Andrea Morralles ever, a true professional and now a true evertonian, well done Nev. Now lead the Blue Boys to win the Cup and you'll be part of our history!

Tuesday 21st April 12:09 Report Comment

Tim Heronto be honest skipper, you have led by example all season, our most consistant performer..well done.

Tuesday 21st April 11:41 Report Comment

John CheeversYou're a class act Nev & you give the team it's spine. Your consideration of the Man U fans just reeks of a quality act...I doffs me hat to you Sir!!! ;o)

Tuesday 21st April 11:10 Report Comment

Barry ChallinorEvery player worked his socks off but I think Neville is being rather modest.He was an inspirational captain.I was sitting up with the pigeons,top row,and the noise was deafening.The support was fantastic.Only 7 more games lads and then you can get your feet up.You desrve it.

Tuesday 21st April 11:04 Report Comment


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