Everton FC manager David Moyes calls on Blues to improve on their derby set-pieces against Chelsea

10 February 2010 12:00
Everton manager David Moyes calls on Blues to improve on their derby set-pieces against Chelsea

ANY team possessing the potent delivery of Leighton Baines and the defensive solidity of Phil Neville and John Heitinga should thrive on attacking set-pieces and deal comfortably with opposition corners.

In previous seasons David Moyes has been able to rely on his teams getting such basic drills right consistently.

But Everton were undone in Saturday's game by a quality corner from Steven Gerrard which caused chaos in the Blues' box, and Moyes is adamant that his troops must rediscover their set-piece edge, if they can bounce back against Chelsea at Goodison tonight.

He said: 'We needed to be better in the box but we lost the game to one set-piece. Our set-piece delivery was poor and their's was excellent, and we made matters worse by not defending properly against theirs.'

But Moyes insisted he can still take some positives from the game at Anfield, despite the overall sense of despondency among the blue half of Merseyside.

He said: 'I've studied the game again as I would any other and of course we can learn and take something into this game.

'I've had a look at the stats and they tell me something too, the amount of possession we had for one. The players are playing with a lot of confidence and have done really well, and they did well on Saturday as I have said.

'I remember the situation being reversed. We have been to Anfield and not had the ball as much in the past as we did on Saturday, and I'm talking about when it was 11 v 11, not just 11 v 10.'

Instead of fearing the task of competing against another top four side so soon after the demoralising weekend defeat, Moyes believes the tough run of games his side face can be advantageous.

He said: 'It can be good to have big games in a row because it keeps your performance level high and your levels of concentration up there as well.

'You understand that you've got to be at your best and make no mistakes to beat them, which is why a tough run is not always such a bad thing.'

Tonight's clash has the potential added spice of John Terry playing in his first away game since he was stripped of the England captaincy after damaging allegations about his private life.

The Goodison crowd are almost certain to make it an uncomfortable experience for Terry if he plays, but Moyes does not think the England man will be easily ruffled.

He said: 'That's football now. I've been to a few grounds recently where supporters try to unsettle individual players for whatever reason but who knows what will happen? John Terry might not even play in the game.

Source: Liverpool_Echo

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