Belfast Telegraph

Moyes seeks improvement

Everton manager David Moyes accepts his squad's brittle confidence means there are likely to be more ups and downs before the end of the season.

Defeat to Bolton a week ago ended a four-match unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League and left the side stuck in 11th place. A 2-0 FA Cup third-round victory over non-league Tamworth at the weekend helped lift spirits but a trip to high-flying Tottenham tonight presents real difficulty for the Toffees, who are likely to have six first-team regulars missing with injury.

Moyes has no doubts about the battling qualities of his squad but knows they need a succession of good results to help kick-start the second half of the season. And he said: "Injuries have come in the last couple of games but we have to consider where the Bolton game was and it was very poor performance-wise."

He added: "I think we had a good sequence of results before Bolton but it only took one night to quickly erode the confidence.

"That can happen because in truth we have been a little bit fragile for most of the season and we are very aware of that.

"We are in a tough year and we have told people that but we will try to do as much as we can to make it as good as we can.

"We don't have any magic wand behind the scenes to do anything. We will continue doing the same work we have done over the years which has tended to see us through in the end and we are hoping we pick up enough points.

"We have to raise our performance levels to hopefully get more results and it is going to be that way until the end of the season."

Everton have a good recent record against Tottenham, having lost just once in their last five league visits to White Hart Lane.

Spurs have made considerable strides over the last couple of seasons, however, and Moyes knows despite all the talk about Gareth Bale being the dangerman they cannot afford to ignore the rest of Harry Redknapp's team.


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