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Neville hails settled Everton

25 August 2012 07:04

Phil Neville says Everton's winning start to the English Premier League season is a result of having kept their squad largely intact.

Everton kicked off their 2012/13 campaign with a 1-0 win at home to Manchester United on Monday, a result which club captain Neville hopes can provide a good foundation.

The former United man also spoke of the uncertainty hanging over the Everton squad in previous seasons - something which he feels has not been the case this time around.

"People always ask me why we start the season poorly and only once in my time here have we started well and that was when we signed Joleon Lescott, Tim Howard and Andrew Johnson early in the summer," he said.

"We have looked into many things but I think it is the recruitment which has been most important. When it is done early there is not the uncertainty of who we are bringing in or who is leaving.

"Last season the panic and nervousness of the fans spread to the team and I have to admit the team were probably anxious as well.

"We wanted to be challenging for European places and we knew with the squad we had in the first few months it was not deep enough to do that.

"We all maybe felt a bit sorry for ourselves or a little bit disappointed but then at Christmas when Nikica Jelavic, Landon Donovan and (Darren) Gibson game in it was a totally different feeling around the place.

"All of the sudden there was a challenge of competing for your place again and we were probably the form team of the last six months.

"That calmness has gone into us all because we have recruited early and with eight days to go in the transfer window there is no panic if we don't bring anyone in."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
25 August 2012
Game week
2
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 3
Full-time
1 - 3
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
36565

Goals

0 - 1
3' S. Pienaar
 (assist by S. Naismith)
0 - 2
31' M. Fellaini
 (assist by P. Jagielka)
0 - 3
44' N. Jelavić
 (assist by L. Baines)
K. El Ahmadi 74'
(assist by E. Lichaj) 
1 - 3

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
34
6 58'
32
8 74' 81'
10
25
31
9
23
Coach: P. Lambert
# Player Bookings
24
6
3
15
22 3'
18
21
25 31'
4
14
7 44'
Coach: D. Moyes

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
30
26
7
16
22
36
# Player Bookings
23
11
5
1
19
20
28

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
9 4 +3 5
10 4 +0 5
11 4 -1 5
12 4 -1 5
13 4 -1 4

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