Moyes plays down talk of Europe

David Moyes has no intention of getting sidetracked by talk of Europe despite last night's excellent win at Manchester City.

Collecting three points from a trip to Eastlands is becoming as much an annual tradition as travel chaos around Bank Holidays.



Goals from Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines ensured Everton recorded their fourth straight win at City.



It allowed them to clamber away from the drop zone, five points ahead of third-bottom Wigan, yet only six adrift of fifth-placed Tottenham, such is the congestion in the Premier League table.



Little wonder there was immediate talk of a concerted assault on the European spots at the start of a Christmas period that continues with a home encounter against Birmingham on Boxing Day.



But Moyes has no such lofty aims at present.



The Scot is aware his side have struggled to find consistency this term. And he realises the search must continue until that elusive component of so many successful seasons has been rediscovered.



"I still feel we are big outsiders when people talk about Europe," he said.



"This result keeps the Premier League exciting. I am sure many teams were happy with it, not just Everton.



"It showed the quality we have got at the club.



"But we have a great deal of catching up to do.



"We have been doing a great job trying to make up ground and we will keep going. But we are a bit further back than all the other teams."



Nevertheless, there are sound reasons for optimism on the blue half of Merseyside, none more so than the form of Tim Cahill.



Although the Australian scored his ninth goal of the season when he nodded home Seamus Coleman's early cross, Moyes does not feel Cahill has been operating at his peak.



Last night, he produced the workrate to go with his goals output, harrying the City defence at every opportunity as the visitors tried to protect their two-goal advantage, then working tirelessly in a more orthodox midfield role once Victor Anichebe had been dismissed.



"Tim's energy levels looked back to the old days," observed Moyes.



"There had been signs he had maybe dipped down a little bit but he showed great energy, and we needed him to.



"He did a great job when we were at 10 men and even when we had 11. He epitomised what we are about.



"He was the one who kept taking the fight to Manchester City."



It was the third year in a row Cahill had scored at City. Given they were also the first team he found the net against for Everton, the 31-year-old could be forgiven for asking if he could face the Blues every week.



Moyes would certainly have no complaints given his side have reserved most of their effective performances against England's top sides.



Everton's results this season include victories over Liverpool, and now City, plus draws with Manchester United and Chelsea.



It is the rest he accepts must improve if the Merseysiders are to fulfil lofty pre-season expectations.



"Confidence is high because we have great belief at the moment," he said.



"We have been playing well recently. We have players who can make a difference and help us play well.



"We have already had good results this season against Manchester United and Chelsea. Now coming here to Manchester City as well means we have a bit of momentum going into the next few games."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
life
Arts and Entertainment
Cold case: Aaron McCusker and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvReview: Sky Atlantic's ambitious new series Fortitude has begun with a feature-length special
Voices
Three people wearing masks depicting Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg
voicesPolitics is in the gutter – but there is an alternative, says Nigel Farage
Voices
The veterans Mark Hayward, Hugh Thompson and Sean Staines (back) with Grayson Perry (front left) and Evgeny Lebedev
charity appealMaverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
News
i100
News
people
Sport
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
footballThe more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Life and Style
Vote green: Benoit Berenger at The Duke of Cambridge in London's Islington
food + drinkBanishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turn over a new leaf
News
Joel Grey (left) poses next to a poster featuring his character in the film
peopleActor Joel Grey comes out at 82
News
i100
News
business
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

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee