David Moyes rues slip up against Birmingham: Everton FC latest

15 March 2010 06:50
DAVID Moyes bemoaned his side's failure to grab all three points after building a two-goal lead in Birmingham.

The Everton boss knows that draws will not be enough to push his side into the Europa League qualifying places, and wants the focus among his squad to be on performances and not injuries.

He said: 'I don't want to be looking back. I want to be looking back and think it was not because of injuries. I want to have a football conversation at the end of it and not talk about injuries.

'I feel we have got a good team but we just couldn't cope with so many major injuries at the start of the season. We are sort of over that but we still have some major players out.

'(Europe) is not something I'm discussing at the moment because until we get on a real serious run, we can't claw something back. At the moment a point is not going to claw anything back.'

Moyes does not feel his squad needs a summer overhaul. He said: 'If I had the same group I wouldn't be too worried if I didn't because I think we are close to the teams at the top.

'It's been difficult when you don't have a lot of big finances to change it. But I do think we have a good team. I think we have moved on as a team and a club so we'll try to continue that.

'I don't mind expectations if they are right - until one or two of the other teams spend £60-70m, then the money will dampen them. The money will make a difference.'

Meanwhile, Everton have confirmed forward Landon Donovan's loan spell has officially ended and the American will return to Los Angeles Galaxy.

Despite attempts to extend Donovan's loan period, LA Galaxy have now recalled him to their squad ahead of the start of the MLS season on March 27.

Donovan, who threw his shirt to the away fans after the Birmingham game, said: 'I'm 28 years old now and I've played over 100 times for my country, I've also played a lot of league games in different parts of the world.

'But I've never met a fan base like this, either playing for them or as an away player. Forget about football for a moment, this is a life experience I'll never forget.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo