Everton FC manager David Moyes ponders using Steven Pienaar in a more advanced role

01 January 2011 07:50
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THE Britannia Stadium holds few fond memories for David Moyes, especially after it was the place where his European dream finally died last season.

The Blues unlikely chance of qualifying for the Europa League had been bolstered by an outstanding run of form in the second half of last season, but a 0-0 draw in the Potteries meant it was not to be.

The frustration of that set-back was intensified when Phil Jagielka had a 72nd-minute headed goal harshly disallowed, after a typically tense and physical contest against Tony Pulis' upwardly mobile side.

Goals where once again an issue during this fixture in May, and that semi-drought has barely improved ever since - something Moyes will need all of his managerial acumen to mend.

Against West Ham United on Tuesday, the Blues boss decided to play Tim Cahill as a lone centre forward, and with the Aussie's absence after today's clash he is not ruling out other untried combinations to try and spark a timely shower of goals.

'Sometimes when you lose big players you can find other ways. You lose a main player and something else falls into place,' says the Scot.

'I've considered playing Steven Pienaar in more of an attacking role. He plays there for South Africa and maybe a bigger involvement in that role will help us create more opportunities, even if it might not help me score more goals.

'His goal scoring is the one thing he maybe doesn't get enough of. He's capable of doing it. I'm not sure if you'd put him in the natural category but I'd play him off a front man. It's something I could look to anyway.

'His creativity there would be a plus. But I have other people, and centre-forwards.'

Although all three of Everton's centre-forwards were benched before the Upton Park draw, Moyes insists there was no message for his forward line in that decision.

Source: Liverpool_Echo