Moyes eager to build on Man City success

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Everton manager David Moyes has generally been pleased with his side's performances despite their results but admits it is important Monday's success at Manchester City is followed by more wins.

The Toffees lie a disappointing 14th in the Barclays Premier League standings, but ended a seven-game winless run earlier this week with a 2-1 victory over title-chasing City at Eastlands.



"We have to make sure we get some results to make sure we are away from the bottom end of the table," said Moyes.



"If we win them all then we will be starting to look at the top end.



"But until we are completely away from the bottom end then we can't talk about the top."



Moyes may ask Tim Cahill to lead the Everton attack for the visit of Birmingham on Boxing Day.



Everton's forwards have struggled in front of goal all season - managing just three goals between them in 18 Barclays Premier League games - but Cahill is having no such trouble.



The talismanic Australian midfielder netted his ninth of the campaign in Monday's memorable win at City and Moyes is considering pushing him right into the front line.



Victor Anichebe started up front at Eastlands but was sent off and is now suspended while Louis Saha, Ayegbeni Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford have all laboured for little reward this term.



But with Steven Pienaar hoping to return from injury and Mikel Arteta back from suspension, Moyes has the midfield options that could make moving Cahill feasible.



Moyes said: "I wanted all the strikers to get a chance to see if they could find their form, get the goals, but in truth they haven't. Nobody has really stepped forward.



"At the moment we are probably close to starting Tim Cahill as a centre forward because we are not getting enough goals from the forwards that are there.



"We have tried every avenue. We are struggling to find a way to score goals and I need to find one."



Any solution involving Cahill, however, can only be temporary as the 31-year-old will be joining up with his Australia team-mates for the Asian Cup after the January 1 game against Stoke.



The importance of Monday's victory to the players was obvious as they celebrated on the pitch with Moyes after the final whistle.



Moyes said: "We have not had many wins this season so any win felt like a big win.



"The players have felt bad because they have not been able to give the supporters any performances.



"We set ourselves up with high expectations and the other night I thought we matched them. For the rest of the season we haven't done that.



"That is not because we are playing badly or the effort isn't there - we have just lacked the quality to win the games.



"We need to find that again, we need people to try to come up with goals.



"We are reliant on the centre forwards but at the moment we are not getting many, if it is not Tim Cahill - and when he goes next month we are going to be looking for goals from somewhere else."



Birmingham have also been indifferent this term and head to Goodison Park two places below the Toffees.



Alex McLeish's men enjoyed a superb first season back in the top flight in 2009-10, finishing ninth, but have so far failed to replicate that form.



"It can happen," Moyes said. "I am sure they are probably asking Alex McLeish the same about Everton.



"I think it can happen in the league, the way it is this year.



"Overall they have got a good side. They are always solid and hard to beat.



They are hard to break down and don't concede many goals.



"We beat them down there earlier in the season but the first goal was an own goal.



"They look as if they have had a bit of investment and are trying to progress.



"I think Alex has done a really good job at Birmingham City.



"If anyone is going to turn up thinking Birmingham are going to make it an easy day and goals are going to be flying in - I hope they are for us - but I think it is more likely to be a tight encounter."



England defender Phil Jagielka is unlikely to feature tomorrow after straining a thigh at Eastlands but is not yet ruled out.



Moyes said: "At the moment we think he's out but miracles happen this time of year don't they?"

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