DAVID MOYES senses it’s that time of year again. No, not when you can’t walk into a shop in town without being prematurely subjected to Slade or Shakin’ Stevens, but the period when injuries pile-up, the temperature plummets, and his players need the Goodison crowd at its fiercest best.
Nobody is panicking at Finch Farm, even if just one victory in their last six Premier League outings suggests the Blues’ momentum has slowed - but Moyes knows home comforts could be essential to ensure three much-needed points against a buoyant Norwich City today.
“We’ll have our work cut out and it will be another tough game,” says the Blues boss who is likely to have to contend with a string of injuries amidst his defensive ranks this afternoon.
“We might have to be patient and wait. We will need the crowd to think that way as well.
Archive pictures of Goodison Park, home of Everton FC
Nov 20 2012
“We’ve told the players to keep doing what they are doing, convert more of our opportunities into chances and more of our chances into goals.
“Goodison is a great place to play and that’s why it’s important the supporters are there and make the difference.
“Against Sunderland in the last home game, we got to 1-1 and then we scored our next goal three or four minutes after.
“I thought that was because of the crowd’s enthusiasm. They realised the team were right at it and they knew that we hadn’t played that badly.
“It looked like a game that was going against us, so we will need that support again now we have got two games at home.”
Over the last six games Everton have scored 10 goals but conceded just as many, and Moyes is keen to get the balance right to ensure his side get the results they deserve.
“There’s been a couple of games where we maybe should have scored more but we’ve also got to make sure when we’re not scoring that we don’t concede.
“Our play has been good enough to have merited more goals and everybody’s got to make sure they chip in, the goals have got to come from all departments.
“I’m going out to score and I’m going out to try to win. The best teams get the balance exactly right. But I would still quite happily settle for winning games 1-0, because the job is to win, that’s always the priority.”
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