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Moyes slams out-of-touch Everton

5 January 2012 02:51

David Moyes said Everton got what they deserved in their 2-1 home loss to Bolton Wanderers.

Everton had led thanks to goalkeeper Tim Howard's clearance which looped over opposite number Adam Bogdan in the windy conditions.

However, fine finishes from David Ngog and Gary Cahill handed Bolton their fifth victory of the season, lifting them off the bottom.

"We didn't deserve to be in front and Bolton deserved to win the game so I've got no qualms with the result because you can't perform like that and expect to win," Moyes said.

"The conditions are never good to play in like that but both teams have to play in it. I think it's easier to play away from home when it's like that because you have to make a bit of play but we didn’t make any play tonight."

"I've got no arguments about the result, it was a freak that we were 1-0 up."

"I give Bolton a bit of credit, they worked really hard to get the result and we didn’t perform as well as we have. Bolton stuck at it and got their deserved reward in the end."

Moyes, 48, also argued that a change of system, which saw his side drop their usual lone-striker formation to accommodate two attackers, had not contributed to their poor display.

"We tried to go with two centre forwards tonight and I think if we hadn't, some might have questioned it."

"We just didn't perform though, that wasn't the reason we lost the game. Apart from our goalkeeper and bits of Landon it'd be hard to say many positives."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes his side can avoid relegation after they moved off the bottom of the table.

"It was a big win but a merited win," Coyle said.

"We knew that we had to be at our best and we were. I have always said we can avoid relegation. We have players who would get into most Premier League sides."

Coyle said that he thought it would not be his side's day when Howard scored.

"With the wind and conditions, Tim Howard scored with a freakish goal," he said.

"Adam Bogdan was magnificent and was in a good position. The lad certainly wasn't at fault. At that point, I felt the luck was going to go against us. I thought the bad luck we had in 2011 had followed us into 2012."

"But we still believe in what we are doing. We had created good chances before their goal - and we had the belief, character and resilience to come back."

"After the equaliser, we didn't sit back. A lot of teams in our position would have been happy with a point at Goodison. We pushed on and capitalised."


Premier League: Everton 1 Bolton 2

5 January 2012 00:00

Not even a remarkable Tim Howard goal could save Everton from slumping to a 2-1 home defeat to strugglers Bolton on Wednesday.

In blustery conditions at Goodison Park, Howard thumped the ball up field and was just as surprised as the 29,561-strong crowd after a wicked bounce sailed over Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan's head and into the back of the net.

The wind played a big part in the unbelievable goal but it was Everton who were blown away eventually, as goals from David N'Gog and Gary Cahill in the final 30 minutes sealed Bolton's victory.

Owen Coyle's Bolton side travelled to Merseyside on the bottom of the table and they were quickly on the back foot.

Landon Donovan was making his first appearance in his second loan spell at Everton and started brightly, with his terrific cross turned wide by Argentine Denis Stracqualarsi while Louis Saha also squandered an early chance.

Leon Osman also fired wide while Everton could have had a penalty when Donovan – who was through on goal – was felled by Sam Ricketts.

The Wanderers nearly scored completely against the run of play, with N'Gog only denied by Howard in first-half stoppage time.

Bolton looked a different side after the break with Howard having to deny Mark Davies and N'Gog with smart stops while Everton manager David Moyes was forced to make his third change, with Jack Rodwell joining Phil Jagielka and Osman in gaining injuries that led to their substitution.

The game's first goal came on 63 minutes as Howard became just the fourth goalkeeper in Premier League history to score.

With rubbish strewn all over the pitch, the impact the wind was having was clear but no one expected the American to score when his long kick landed deep inside the Bolton half.

Bogdan's positioning was poor but he was undone by the freak bounce that sent Goodison Park wild.

Bolton – who have picked up 12 of their 16 league points this season on the road – responded though, with N'Gog's quick feet giving him the chance to score, which he took with aplomb, producing a smart finish.

And with just 12 minutes left, Bolton took the lead as skipper Gary Cahill, who is rumoured to be signing for Chelsea in the coming days, followed up his saved header with a terrific angled finish.

Everton mounted a late surge in the hope of a point and Leighton Baines was unlucky not to equalise when his free-kick hit the bar in stoppage time.

But it was not to be for Everton who remain 11th, while Bolton climbed from last to 18th with Blackburn Rovers replacing them on the bottom.


Premier League preview: Everton v Bolton

4 January 2012 14:58

Everton will be aiming to continue their impressive run of form with a win at home to struggling Bolton on Wednesday.

David Moyes' men are struggling to score goals, but their ability to restrict their opposition has been vital in a four-match unbeaten run in the English Premier League.

Everton's 19 goals is the lowest tally of any top-10 side, and their top scorers - Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Apostolos Vellios - have netted just three times.

But they will be expected to extend their unbeaten run to five matches when Owen Coyle's men visit Goodison Park.

Coyle is under pressure to keep his job with his team anchored to the bottom of the Premier League.

The clash with Everton is vital for both Bolton and Coyle ahead of three tough outings.

They meet Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to finish January, although positive results could kick-start their battle to avoid relegation.

Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic has been a rare shining light for Bolton, finding the net seven times and providing four assists.

The problem has been in defence, having conceded 42 times in 19 league games - a record worse only than Blackburn's 43.

But Bolton's weak defence comes up against a side struggling in the attacking third.

Nigerian Victor Anichebe came on to score an 87th-minute winner against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but Moyes has said he will refrain from rushing the striker back into the starting line-up.

Everton have been leaving it late, with four of their past six league goals coming in the last 10 minutes of matches.

Royston Drenthe, who has assisted five goals this season, may also be unavailable because of illness, while Marouane Fellaini and Seamus Coleman are likely to miss with abductor and thigh problems respectively.

Bolton have been without their best starting line-up for the majority of the season, with the likes of Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong, Sean Davis and Tyrone Mears missing.

Moyes and his men will be expected to collect three points, while Bolton desperately need a win ahead of a tough run.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25