Distin backs injury-hit Everton to struggle on

Make do and mend is our only option, says defender of Toffees' depleted squad

Sylvain Distin maintains injury-hit Everton can do little else but battle on after finally recording a first Premier League victory in five attempts at West Ham. Everton secured a morale-boosting win with goals from Louis Saha and teenager Dan Gosling, but had to endure some late pressure from the Hammers following an own goal from Tony Hibbert.

David Moyes praised the resilience of his team, which had to do without suspended Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to add to the long list of unavailable players. Phil Neville, Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Victor Anichebe, James Vaughan, Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka – who has undergone a second knee operation – are all on the sidelines.

Moyes admits the selection problems have forced him to rely more on the likes of Gosling and fellow youngster Jack Rodwell. Centre-back Distin understands the situation is difficult, but backed the squad to battle through.

"We can complain, but it does not get us more points or get us anywhere," he said. "We have got a lot of injuries, but there is nothing we can do about it. We will use the players we have got and hopefully we will get some of those players back. But we will do with what we have and we do have enough quality to play better than we have so far."

Everton's last league win had come back at the end of September – a poor run of form which saw the Toffees, who have also struggled in Europe, slip down the table. Distin accepts that had perhaps been in the back of the players' minds. "We have had seven games without a win and so even if you pretend not to think about it, you do," he said. "Maybe you are not as positive and comfortable as you should be. But at the moment, it does not matter if we're playing home or away – it is just about the three points."

French striker Saha shrugged off a calf problem to start at Upton Park, although he was substituted during the second half as a precaution. He said he wanted to make an impact for the team, even if not 100 per cent match fit. "I did not expect to play, but I was ready to give my best so that's what I tried and it worked fine," he said. "It is just good for me to concentrate on my opportunities and I am very conscious to work with the team. The work rate of the team is unbelievable."

Moyes has little option but to continue to call on his youngsters when the Premier League action resumes with the small matter of a trip to Manchester United on 21 November.

But he would rather have been able to do so at a more suitable time. "It is not just one game, we have had to do that in three or four games. It is a lot to ask of the young players," Moyes said. "Jack has played an awful lot of football and while Dan is no doubt delighted to be playing, there are right moments when you should be playing youngsters and maybe we are having to play them at the wrong moments.

"On the evidence at West Ham, you'd have to say both are mature players, and that can make them better and stronger. Then you can look at them not as young players, but players. However, we don't have enough in the team at the moment to help them as much as we should."

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Sport
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Fans hold up a scarf at West Ham vs Liverpool
footballAfter Arsenal's clear victory, focus turns to West Ham vs Liverpool
New Articles
i100... she's just started school
News
news
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Sport
football
New Articles
i100... despite rising prices
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam