Moyes in a sticky spot
Everton manager David Moyes has admitted that his team are in a vulnerable position following their FA Cup defeat to Reading this week.
The Merseysiders beat Chelsea on penalties in the previous round, but undid their fine work by losing at home to the Championship side. They remain 11th in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone and have also lost Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill to injury.
"We know we are vulnerable," Moyes said. "You don't get into (this) position if you're not. It has not been the best of seasons."
To compound matters the influential midfielder Marouane Fellaini will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
"Marouane is going to be out for the season now, he will have an operation on Monday," explained Moyes.
It is the second successive year an ankle injury has brought a premature end to Fellaini's season.
Fellaini, a club record £15m signing three years ago, was out of action for around six months after an ankle operation in February 2010.
"Everybody who has watched us will tell you he has been a key player for us and Tim Cahill will probably miss two or three weeks as well," added Moyes.