Moyes happy with ‘deserved’ victory over Tottenham

The Everton manager says his side were well worthy of all three points after they made a dramatic late comeback to defeat Andre Villas-Boas' side at Goodison Park
David Moyes has claimed he would have been bewildered had his Everton side not been victorious in their Premier League match with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Toffees looked set for defeat when Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the visitors with just 15 minutes remaining in the contest, however, two goals in stoppage time from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic earned Everton a dramatic win.

And despite the frantic nature of the victory, Moyes is happy that his side got the right result in the end.

He told reporters: "If Everton hadn’t won we’d have been saying ‘how not?’

“We played terrifically well, especially in the first half with Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman. The attacking play we had was terrific we just couldn’t find the final pass or the final finish to kill it off.

“Tottenham got better after 15 minutes into the second half and we had to defend four or five corners or free kicks but I thought we grew into it again when they scored the goal.”

The win over Spurs meant the Toffees leapfrogged their opponents up into fourth place, reigniting talk of a possible bid for Champions League football. However, Moyes is coy on his side’s prospects, and is refusing to get carried away.

“It’s too early to talk about that but the position doesn’t shame the way Everton have been playing,” he added.

“We could quite easily have slipped out and before you know it we could have been in the bottom half of the league, the Premier League is so tight. It feels good today but we’ve got to make sure we maintain that.”
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Belgian attacker Kevin Mirallas was recalled to the starting XI after a period out with injury, but could only last 45 minutes after a recurrence of hamstring trouble, something Moyes is naturally disappointed about.

He said: “I don’t think he’s done his hamstring but he just felt as if he’d tightened up completely.

“It’ll be a miss because I think you see what he offered us in the first half at times was something we’ve probably missed. It might even have shown in our play in the second half, we missed the something which he gives to us.

“We’ll see how it is; I don’t think it’s as bad. The last thing you want to see is the recurrence of hamstring injuries.”