Everton manager David Moyes expressed his delight after a solid performance from his players saw off a poor display from Steve Bruce's Sunderland, with Jermaine Beckford getting both goals in a 2-0 win.
The Scotsman's team arrive in the top-10 of the league thanks to the home victory which will have given them some much-needed confidence as they aim to finish an inconsistent season on a high.
Speaking after the game, Moyes told Sky Sports: “Yes, we done well to get the three points, it’s not easy in the Premier League to pick up the points that we’ve shown this season on too many occasions, but today I thought we were going to get the three points and deserved the victory.”
The performance as a whole pleased the Blues manager, but he believes that the scoreline could have been bigger if his players could have transformed more of their chances into goals and he was grateful for Tim Howard's save at 1-0 to preserve Everton's lead.
Agreeing with comments that the game started positively, Moyes added: “Yes you’re right we started the game OK, albeit Sunderland I thought started quite brightly as well and we got an important first goal and then as you rightly said the goalkeeper made an important save which could have made it one each at the time.
"But I thought throughout we played well enough we created chances, that would be my only disappointment today that maybe we didn’t go on and take one or two of the other ones.”
Jermaine Beckford's man-of-the-match performance was a great positive for the 47-year-old manager, who believes that the former Leeds man is finally beginning to show that he has fully adjusted to life in the top-flight.
“Well he’s beginning to see what you’ve got to do," said Moyes.
"The effort, you know, which in the Premier League you have to give more, that’s why the players are at the top end because you know the players work harder, are fit, the defenders are better.
"So if you want to continue doing what you’ve done in the lower leagues you’ve got to get up with them, but the one thing you can’t take away from Jermaine is he’s finishing, in the box, the amount of times he gets chances, the attempts at goal he gets.
"That was the reason I signed him because I thought that if you’re that type of player I don’t think it changes no matter what league you’re in.”
On Beckford's role in the squad, the former Preston player admitted: “Well it was always going to be the way with Jermaine, we always told him that, he was never going to come here [Everton] and be an initial starter.
"In fact I probably put him in a couple of games at the start of the season I think before I should of, and I think that actually affected him, and if we had kept hold of him, kept him a bit longer getting used to the league.”
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