Belfast Telegraph

Moyes aims high

Everton boss David Moyes says his only motivation for the remainder of the season is finishing as high as possible in the Barclays Premier League.

The Toffees are well placed to end up in a better position than their neighbours Liverpool for only the second time since their last title win of 1987.

"We have got a couple of points ahead so because of that we would try to stay above anybody, but it wouldn't matter if it was Liverpool or any other team in the division," Moyes said. "You just want to stay as high up the league as you can."

With two games remaining, Moyes's side have a three-point advantage over their rivals and can take a big step towards a higher finish with victory at relegated Wolves on Sunday.

It has been a difficult campaign for Moyes, beginning against a backdrop of fan protests against the board over a continued lack of investment in the squad.

For more than two years Moyes was forced to rely largely on free transfers and loans to strengthen his side, but again he has battled through to achieve respectability.

The purse strings were loosened a little in January as he brought in striker Nikica Jelavic from Rangers and the Croatian has proved an instant hit, fuelling the Blues' strong finish with 10 goals in 14 appearances.

With two other cheap arrivals in midfielder Darron Gibson and loanee Steven Pienaar also making an impact, Moyes feels the season is heading towards a satisfactory conclusion, even if he wants better.

"The introduction of Steven Pienaar has helped us play much better and encouraged others to play better," he said.

"Leon Osman has come back into form and Marouane Fellaini is enjoying his football. You can see that in the last three or four months."


From Belfast Telegraph