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Moyes on... West Ham United

Filed: Tuesday, 28th December 2010
By: Staff Writer

Everton chief David Moyes looks back at a game he believes his side deserved to win...

What did you make of the game David?

Okay. I thought that if any team was going to win it was going to be us - but I don't think that we looked as if we really believed we could score the goal. I thought we played some good football, I thought we had some really good bits of play at times but we didn't have the final bit - and we've been looking for that. So in the end it's a point, but I'd have liked it to have been three.

Do you think West Ham are a better team than their position suggests?

Well I think when you're at the bottom whether you're a good team or a bad team doesn't matter - that's where you are and you have to try and get out of that. We're not that far ahead of it ourselves so we've got to make sure we're away from that as well.

Do you think you could have won it late on? Fellaini and Cahill both had chances?

I thought we should have won it earlier on, never mind late on. I thought we got to the byeline two or three times in the first half but we didn't pick anybody out. The thing about it is Robert Green had no saves to make really. I think he had a save from the header but I accept that. I think our approach play was good enough but we just couldn't find the final pass to try and get the goal.

Is it a reflection of where your problems lie that you used Tim Cahill up front and left three strikers on the bench?

Yeah - I think that everbody who has seen us would say that. Tim Cahill is third top goalscorer in the Premier League so there's no problem playing Tim as a centre forward.

Did you expect a bit more from West Ham given the position they're in? In the second half you almost totally dominated.

Yeah - as I said, I thought we had all the game really in the second half. There was the odd breakaway, corner kick where we were always going to be short because we were playing a right back at centre half today. It was always going to be hard to get away with something like that [but] we got away with it. I thought we had the ball, but were never able to open them up enough.

WIth Tim Cahill away on international duty in January do you think one of those guys on the bench can step up?

We need them to step up, yeah.

Were you tempted to start with Beckford, Yakubu or Saha today?



A manager's perogative, isn't it. I thought that Tim was a goalscorer, I thought that my best players were midfield players - Rodwell and Arteta - I'd have needed to leave Pienaar, Rodwell or Arteta out of the team to accomodate one of the other players and I didn't see that was right - I thought my better players were on the pitch today.

I ask because there is an argument that says Cahill can drift forward...

Yeah that's right, I take that argument but today we tried to play him a little bit higher and tried to play Jack Rodwell and Mikel Arteta advanced. There's no doubt we had plenty of the ball and lots of opportunities but we never took them.

How frustrating is it, I think you're unbeaten away from home for about three months but you're not winning many?

No, we're not. As I said, I thought we probably did enough to get something but I don't know if we believed enough that we could win the game. We just couldn't get that goal.

Will you be looking to make more signings [in the January transfer window]?


Would you not be looking to take more players on loan? Michael Owen - reports from United say that he might want to go to another club?

I'll look at the loan market. That's where, if we were looking - I've been saying it to the local press - we'll be looking, if that's possible.

How frustrating is it for you though to have such an obvious problem that's undermining a season that could be so promising - and yet you don't appear to be able to do anything?

I think we've got a really good team. I think we've got a very good team and good players in the team - we've just not been able to turn our good football into goals. So we need to try; we'll have another look, try something else and see if we can.

We tried something today - the football was good, you can't say that we didn't play well - but what we didn't get was what we've had problems with in other games this season as well; we still didn't score today. Our scoring efficiency. I thought we scored a really good goal by the way - a good football goal.

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