Everton's critics are blinded by bias, says David Moyes
Friday 02 November 2012
Manager David Moyes is unconcerned by criticism of Everton's playing style and insists his is the only opinion that matters.
The Scot believes his side have many more facets than initially suggested by the Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after last week's Merseyside derby.
Gerrard described the Toffees as "playing like Stoke" before later retracting his comments.
Moyes believes the statistics speak for themselves and Everton would not be fifth, one point off the Champions League places with only one league defeat all season, had they not more to offer.
"Your style is whatever suits yourself," he said.
"Neutrals who have watched Everton would say our style is exciting and entertaining; you are seeing chances and goals.
"More importantly, if you ask any Evertonian what they think – they would all say we've played very well.
"And even more importantly, if you ask the manager how it has gone I would tell you Everton have played really well, passed it well.
"I think we are one of the teams who have made the most chances in the Premier League, we have scored a lot of goals (only Manchester United have scored more away from home). I think we have been good value and good to watch. I don't really bother with what Liverpool think to tell you truth, I only bother what I think.
"We pass it very well and hit lots of good long balls at the right time as well so I think we mix our game up and that is why people are talking about Everton.
"When you have Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith there will be a style you have to play with those players.
"But we are also able to use Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini at times so we have different variations."
Moyes believes only a quirk of the fixture list has prevented Everton cementing their place in the top four, from which they dropped out after last weekend's 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
Tomorrow's match at Fulham is their 10th of the campaign, which the manager said was always his yardstick in assessing how good a start they had made.
But he believes the platform they have given themselves means they now have to maintain it during the busy middle section of the season.
"After tomorrow we will have played six away games and it can distort your short-term points tally," Moyes said.
"If it was the other way around, with our good record at Goodison, we could have had another four or five points on the board.
Most people, me included, would say it has been a far better start than we've had in the past and if we win at Fulham it will be a really good start.
"But if we are going to hang on to the coat-tails of the teams above us we are going to have to keep winning games and playing well. When you are challenging at the top people try to get to you and make sure you don't do as well but we've enjoyed it."
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