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Boss refuses to blame defeat on injuries

Everton manager David Moyes has slammed his side’s display after they lost 2-0 to Bolton, claiming the performance was ‘as bad as I can remember since I’ve been in charge'.

The Toffees succumbed to goals from Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge and now lie just three points off the relegation zone in thirteenth place.

Moyes told reporters: “Today’s performance was as bad as I can remember since I’ve been in charge. We conceded two bad goals which I hoped we wouldn’t have done, but overall our play in between wasn’t good enough. 

“I’m angry but in a way I think they know themselves that was way below the levels we’ve set over the years and hopefully the next game will come along and we’ll try and do something about it. I don’t think it was because Bolton had opened us up with a good play – one was a free kick, the other a big kick into the box. We didn’t win the big challenges which were important.”

The Everton boss admitted his team lacked any fight in the game and thought his team we’re second best to a dogged Bolton side. He also reckons that he may be going easy on a few of his players.

“No it [team spirit] didn’t function today, the sort of toughness we’ve had I didn’t think was there when it was required. Bolton deserve the credit, they’ve got the three points but I don’t think it’s because they opened us up with good football, the onus was on Everton to get the ball down and probably do that and we normally do that but we didn’t do that.

"We didn’t then do the other bit, compete hard enough and that we don’t concede and as I said I thought we lost big challenges.

“I picked the players, I picked the team and I selected them so that’s the fundamentals, maybe I’ve just gone a bit soft on them , let’s remember before today we’ve been on not a bad run, not been great but we’ve been not bad.”

The Scot also debated the refereeing decision for Gary Cahill’s goal which in his view appeared to be a soft call.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen it, I don’t it’s a free kick for the first goal, it’s a scandalous decision that went against us.”

Moyes refused to blame injuries for his team’s performance as they were missing key players such as Louis Saha and Jack Rodwell but the former Preston manger believes it’s all part of the game.

“I’m not talking about the boys who are injured, it happens in football and you get on with it. We just didn’t perform. We’ve got players who have been playing well all season, who probably had the worst game I’ve seen them have, it wasn’t to do with the boys who weren’t here.”

And the Scot's mood was equally bleak when confronted with the television cameras, insisting that his side have been in a relegation battle since the opening weeks of the season.

“I thought that [Everton were in a relegation battle] since about the third game of the season," he told Sky Sports.

"I think with the players we’ve got we should be able to do it but obviously you can have good players but they have to play well and we’ll need to play much better than we did today."

 

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