Monday 16 December 2019

Moyes hails timely turn in fortunes


David McVay

The meticulous football analyst inside David Moyes most likely is already pondering the visit of Liverpool to Goodison Park in a couple of weeks.

The enduring battle of Stanley Park's bitter neighbours seldom fails to ignite the sporting calendar and, given the current toiling nature of Merseyside's finest, the fixture should not disappoint. At least Moyes can prepare with a win under his belt, this first league victory of the season secured with aplomb and a touch of class at St Andrew's on Saturday.

"The one thing I have is a group of players who are right behind me," said Moyes. "We have to try to get a consistent run going but the last thing we need is a (international) break now.

"We have difficult games coming up, but I thought Fulham and Birmingham away were difficult games. To take four points from those isn't a bad return."

Roger Johnson's own goal, carelessly converting Leon Osman's low centre, and a stoppage-time header from Tim Cahill, his 100th league goal, finally reflected Everton's superiority over a listless Birmingham, who surrendered an unbeaten home record dating back over a year and 18 Premier League games. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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