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Everton FC benefited from a week of boot camp treatment says Sylvain Distin
Published : 06 Dec 2010 08:00:00
Phil Neville 300 SYLVAIN DISTIN believes a week of boot-camp style punishment from David Moyes helped the Toffees get in shape to nearly snatch a shock win at Chelsea. The French defender, (pictured) who is enjoying a fine spell of form, helped Everton to a point at Stamford Bridge, in a game that they could have won against the champions. But Distin admits the Blues were made to suffer in the wake of their 4-1 embarrassment at home by West Brom, and used the motivation to nearly spring a surprise against Carlo Ancelotti's side. Describing how manager David Moyes went about forcing his side to get tough once again, he said: 'Usually training is hard. I keep repeating myself since I came here, it is tough. But this week has been one of the toughest weeks. 'On Monday we didn't touch a ball, we did some proper, pre-season style running, and then Tuesday the game was really intense with a lot of contact and not many fouls. 'I think he wanted to make sure we got back in the Everton mode where you are hard, and tough to beat. It worked but I hope this week won't be the same.' Distin added: 'The first half we were defending a lot but we did well. We held out only for a mistake, but generally we did well under pressure. 'Second half we played much better and kept the tempo really high. As they got tired, we got on top of them and that's why we work so hard in training, to make sure we keep a high tempo for all the game.'