Friday 24 November 2017

Moyes happy to turn corner

Phil Medlicott

Everton boss David Moyes hopes his team are starting to gather some momentum after they recorded back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season with victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Having beaten Wolves 2-1 at home last weekend, the Toffees moved out of the bottom half up to eighth in the table with this result.

Prior to those matches Moyes' side had lost five out of six league fixtures, and the Scot is optimistic that they are now "picking up" as they have done in previous campaigns. "We have been slow starters in the past, although I didn't actually think we had started slow this year," Moyes said.

"We lost the first game, but we got a few points on the board. Then we had a run of fixtures with a lot of the big teams in a row, but I hope this is the start of us picking up, because we normally do and when we do, we tend to stay on it and go with it. I'm hoping that this could be the start of us moving forward."

Everton took the lead four minutes after the break when Marouane Fellaini swept in from close range, before substitute Apostolos Vellios netted a second 12 minutes from time.

Earlier Bolton had David Wheater sent off, the defender being shown a straight red card in the 20th minute for a lunge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov after losing control of the ball, his second red of the season.

Asked if he thought referee Michael Oliver had made the right decision regarding Wheater, Moyes said: "I'm standing five or six yards away from it and it was the correct decision. If it had been one of my players, I would have expected a red card."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle -- whose side suffered their 10th league defeat and remained in the relegation zone -- said he was not surprised to see Wheater dismissed given the nature of the challenge.

"If your studs are showing, you leave yourself wide open to a red card and watching it in real time, I certainly feel he did lead with his studs," Coyle said.

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