Moyes gives praise to City after excellent workout
Everton boss David Moyes was delighted with the workout Norwich City provided his side on Saturday as they prepare for another Premier League season. The Toffees' 4-2 win was their fifth straight success during their pre-season campaign and while Moyes adopted the party line of 'pre-season games don't matter' - he admitted it was nice to get another victory.
Everton boss David Moyes was delighted with the workout Norwich City provided his side on Saturday as they prepare for another Premier League season.
The Toffees' 4-2 win was their fifth straight success during their pre-season campaign and while Moyes adopted the party line of 'pre-season games don't matter' - he admitted it was nice to get another victory.
“It doesn't make a great deal of difference if you win or lose but it's obviously better if you do win.
“We are all trying to get ready for the start of a big season.
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“I don't think we've picked five really easy games.
“I think Norwich were a tough opponent and they have got a lot of momentum going with them.
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“They are in a good moment and it was a tough game for us.”
Tim Cahill was the hero for Moyes' side, who looked impressive considering the Scot had to do without the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Ayegbeni Yakubu and John Heitinga.
The Australian international hit a 'perfect' hat-trick and Moyes expects the midfielder to be a big player for them next season.
“I hope he keeps the hat-tricks for the big games. We know that Tim has got goals in him and he is an important player for us.”
New signing Jermaine Beckford enjoyed a long running battle with Michael Nelson all afternoon with the Norwich stand-in skipper arguably enjoying the better of their tussles.
Beckford arrived on a free transfer from Leeds United earlier this summer while other top flight managers pondered whether the striker would be able to make the grade in the Premier League.
Moyes stepped in and he hopes to have bagged himself the bargain of the summer.
“We've said that we want to give him a go and see if he can do it. We are going to give him an opportunity to score in the Premier League.
“He can certainly do it in the lower divisions and from what I've seen I think he is a goalscorer.
“He has looked fantastic in training for us - whether he can step up to the big league, we don't know.
“From what I've seen at the moment he has certainly got the attitude to learn and I think he wants to show he can do it.”
Despite Everton's small outlay over the summer, Moyes is confident his side can still be a threat to the Champions League places next season.
Rumours persist over some of his star players with Arsenal linked with a �15million move for Jagielka but the Everton boss will resist any such overture.
“I think that we will just go and do everything we can.
“We have a good squad of players and a good team. We are playing in a good style so I'm looking for good results this season. We don't sell and if we do we sell very, very expensive.”