EVERTON BATTLING TO STAY STRONG
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.