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Scot admits Toffees were fortunate to reach half-time only 1-0 down but delighted with showing after the break as Merseysiders dent Manchester City's Champions League hopes

Everton manager David Moyes has praised his side's attitude after they came from a goal down to beat Manchester City 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Yaya Toure gave the visitors the lead on the half hour mark but second half headers from Sylvain Distin and Leon Osman turned the game on its head and Moyes was full of praise for his team following the game.

He said: "It was a great turnaround. It didn't look likely at half time. They were dominant and we were perhaps fortunate to go in at half time at only 1-0 down.

"We changed the system round a little bit at half time and I don't know if it was the system or if it was us but we got a lot closer to people and looked more attacking, a bigger threat.

"We set out to try and contain Man City. It's very difficult to contain [David] Silva, I think he's as good as anyone else in the Premier League and all the teams that play against him are going to find that."

Leon Osman improved on a dire second-half performance and was rewarded with a fine goal to secure the victory for the hosts.

Speaking about the 29-year-old, Moyes said: "I think he was one of the reasons we weren't playing well because we needed more from him in the first half but his goal was Andy Gray-like. He's got a great leap on him. It was a really good goal.

"The team Man City put out could play in the NBA, it was like the New York Knicks. Trying to pick them up and it was really difficult to match that."

The Toffees boss also praised his side for not resting on their laurels despite having little to play for as the season nears its conclusion.

He said: "I don't think we've ever been that sort of that team. What we showed was an incredible spirit amongst the players to really try and compete because Manchester City have undoubtedly improved.

"They are a much better team than they were a year ago and I found it very difficult to plug the gaps in the first half. The players' attitude got us the result I think.

"It goes against what we've done because we have a good record against them but you can't expect us to go and beat Man City every time we played them. It's not just to do with wealth it's the talent they've got on the pitch."

Tempers flared after the full-time whistle, with Phil Neville seeming particularly incensed with the Manchester City team but Moyes was dismissive of the incident, concluding: "It wasn't Phil Neville. I think one of their players said that Seamus Coleman had tried to elbow somebody but it was nothing."

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