Frustrated Moyes seeks 'ugly win' against Redknapp's entertainers

David Moyes claims Everton's performances remain good despite their bad results – but would happily see the situation reversed. Moyes' inconsistent side have slipped back since an encouraging win at Manchester City on 20 December, drawing at struggling West Ham and losing to Stoke.

Everton have laboured for little reward all season and have won just four of their 20 Premier League games. Moyes said: "We're anxious. I think the crowd are anxious. They're not happy with the way we are playing, which is totally understandable.

"I'm not that unhappy with the style or the way we are trying to play. If anyone said that I would have to question it. But we are not winning. A lot of teams are not playing well but winning. In a lot of games I'm seeing the best team isn't always winning. I think we're playing not bad, but not winning. We have to change that round – maybe get back to not playing well but winning. If we do that then maybe things would change."

Everton face a tough test tonight as they host a buoyant Tottenham, a side not only challenging for Champions League football again, but even starting to be viewed as dark horses for the title itself. Harry Redknapp's team are enjoying a fine season and their attacking style has won many admirers. In recent years Spurs have been bracketed with Everton in a cluster of clubs chasing the traditional big four, but Moyes accepts a gap has now opened up.

The Scot said: "They're having a great season and are probably getting more coverage than any other team in the Premier League at the moment, and rightly so. At the start of the season I thought there were a few teams who could have a good go at winning the Premier League and I think Tottenham have shown that.

"It is something which has been coming. The club has continually invested in players. I think you would expect them to come through. We have been competing with them over a few years, finishing fifth or sixth, but I think Tottenham have always had that financial clout that comes from being a big club in London.

"They have got a massive squad. Look at the spending they have put into the club over the last few years. They're probably as big spenders as most clubs, including Chelsea. Not as big as Man City, obviously, but up there with the best."

Spurs are hoping to recruit again in this month's transfer window and have made clear their desire to bring in former England captain David Beckham on loan.

Moyes has no money to spend but has long since accepted the situation. He is looking for loan signings and was linked with Beckham himself last month but that interest came to nothing and he feels it may even be difficult now to complete any temporary deals.

"We are not in the market to buy players, we might be in the market to loan," said Moyes. "We would like to strengthen but 90 per cent of managers don't have a lot of cash to deal with, especially in the period we are in just now.

"It is part of the job, to work with the players we have got and try to get the best out of them. I think over the years we have tended to do that."

Moyes' top priority is to find a reliable goalscorer following Tim Cahill's departure for the Asian Cup. The iAustralia midfielder has hit nine goals this season, three times as many as forwards Ayegbeni Yakubu, Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford combined. He is expected to line up for Australia in their opening match, against India on 10 January.

Moyes added: "[Nine goals] is a great return for a deep-lying forward or attacking midfielder. He's really been the only one that has contributed with a serious goal tally. We've had people like Bainesy [Leighton Baines] getting a couple of goals which is not bad but, in truth, we have not had any of the other main people stepping up to the mark. We have got to get some of other players in the team to."

Everton are without England defender Phil Jagielka, who struggled through his return from a thigh strain in the New Year's Day defeat to Stoke. The Netherlands international Johnny Heitinga could take his place if he passes a fitness test on his knee but otherwise Tony Hibbert will deputise. Seamus Coleman is a doubt after a blow to the ribs.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

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

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before