EVER­TON BAT­TLING TO STAY STRONG

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

City proved the at­trac­tions of a ready-built sta­dium.

All is not lost. An im­por­tant part of Ever­ton’s pitch to prospec­tive in­vestors is their pres­ence as founder mem­bers of the Foot­ball League; a Rolls-Royce club who fill the sta­dium they have.

But all told, the tim­ing of Sun­day’s game has dark ironic sig­nif­i­cance given the events of the past 48 hours – and the fact that it was a rent rise pro­posed in 1892 by John Hould­ing, who be­came Liver­pool’s first di­rec­tor, which forced the first play­ers of Ever­ton to leave An­field and form their own club in the first place.

Moyes re­vealed the full depth of his de­spair in the af­ter math of Wed­nes­day night’s de­feat at Hull, which leaves his side four points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, by con­ced­ing that he is un­sure whether they are too strong to go down.

“I don’t know,” Moyes said af­ter a de­feat which Dutch de­fender Johnny Heitinga de­scribed as “shame­ful”. Ever­ton were 3-0 down at half-time and their sec­ond-half fight­back stood for noth­ing, de­spite the fine in­di­vid­ual dis­play by the re­turn­ing Steven Pien­aar.

“We could be dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion fight, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of the in­juries we have and in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances,” Moyes said.

Some man­agers might con­clude that Sun­day’s en­counter with Liver­pool, not in the best of health, is the per­fect way to make amends. Moyes was un­able to do so.

“I don’t know about Liver­pool,” he said. “I only look at Ever­ton’s form. We have to play bet­ter. I need to get them to do that a bit more than they’re do­ing at the mo­ment. It’s my job.”

TAK­ING ON THE REDS: Steven Pien­aar of Ever­ton was in fine form for his club since he re­turned to the team and his man­ager David Moyes will hope he can lift his team to a victory to­mor­row.

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