Saturday 16 December 2017

Moyes mirrors fans' rage


Eleanor Crooks

Everton manager David Moyes pulled no punches in his assessment of his team's performance at Goodison Park yesterday, claiming he would have joined the fans in booing their team off the park.

Magpies new boy Hatem Ben Arfa scored the only goal of the game just before half-time as Everton made it five games without a win in the Premier League this season.

The Toffees' supporters made their feelings known at full-time, and Moyes left his players in little doubt about how he felt about their display.

"I would have booed after that performance today," said the Scot. "They are a good team but they now need to stand up and be counted."

The first half was a cagey affair marked by one decent chance for each side, Wayne Routledge for Newcastle and Phil Jagielka for Everton, before Ben Arfa crashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards. By that point the Magpies had already been forced into a change in goal after Steve Harper landed heavily on his left shoulder following a late tackle from Jermaine Beckford, Tim Krul coming on in his place.

The hosts improved after the break but, in a scenario reminiscent of last week's astonishing comeback against Manchester United, it was not until stoppage-time that they really came close to equalising.

First, half-time substitute Aiyegbeni Yakubu hit the post before Marouane Fellaini missed an easy chance to equalise after somehow being denied Argentine by Fabricio Coloccini.

Moyes, though, was in no mood to put a positive spin on another disappointing afternoon for Everton.

"We didn't start the game well and Newcastle deserved the victory, I've got no qualms about that," he said.

Sunday Independent

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