David Moyes admits tiredness could hit Everton's season
Toffees were soundly beaten by Manchester United
Monday 11 February 2013
David Moyes is concerned Everton do not have sufficient strength in depth to be anything other than a “half a season” team.
For the first time this season, Moyes felt Everton had been beaten by a better side in yesterday's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
More troubling to the Toffees boss were the signs of weariness he detected in some of his key players.
After collecting just six points from their last five games, Everton are now six points adrift of Tottenham in the battle for a Champions League slot, and two behind Arsenal, who have leapfrogged above them into fifth.
It is still a creditable effort, and only the foolhardy would write Everton off just yet.
However, operating on a budget substantially less than comparable clubs, Moyes has laid bare his worries.
"We are asking people like Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar, who we rely on heavily, and Leighton Baines to put a big shift in and do it for us every week," he said.
"Maybe the numbers will allow us to have a good half season, but not a good full one.
"I hope I am wrong.
"We do tend to finish strongly. This time we have had a really good opening, so I hope we can do it again.
"But we are asking a small number of players to do it for a full season."
Everton were not helped yesterday by the loss of key defender Sylvain Distin, who fell ill just before kick-off.
Johnny Heitinga had to replace the Frenchman, which may have contributed to the unease within the Everton defence in the early moments in which Ryan Giggs grabbed United's opener.
"I didn't know there was anything wrong until five or 10 minutes before the players were due to go out for their warm-up," said Moyes.
"Sylvain said he felt sick during the night but thought he was going to be okay.
"However, he started to feel unwell again when he began to get ready to go out for the warm-up."
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