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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Moyes unfazed by criticism

David Moyes, pictured, has dismissed criticism of Everton by Steven Gerrard

Manager David Moyes is unconcerned by criticism of Everton's playing style as he insists his is the only opinion which matters.

The Scot believes his side have many more facets than initially suggested by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after last week's Merseyside derby. Gerrard described the Toffees as "playing like Stoke" before later retracting his comments.

Moyes believes the statistics speak for themselves and Everton would not be fifth, one point off the Champions League places with only one defeat all season, had they not more to offer. He said: "Your style is whatever suits yourself. Neutrals who have watched Everton would say our style is exciting and entertaining; you are seeing chances and goals."

The Toffees boss added: "More importantly, if you ask any Evertonian what they think they would all say we've played very well. And even more importantly if you ask the manager how it has gone I would tell you Everton have played really well, passed it well.

"I think we are one of the teams who have made the most chances in the Premier League, we have scored a lot of goals (only Manchester United have scored more away from home).

"I think we have been good value and good to watch. I don't really bother with what Liverpool think to tell you truth, I only bother what I think.

"We pass it very well and hit lots of good long balls at the right time as well so I think we mix our game up and that is why people are talking about Everton.

"When you have Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith there will be a style you have to play with those players. But we are also able to use Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini at times so we have different variations."

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