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Everton FC boss David Moyes wants me to have his eye for goal, says Phil Jagielka

18 Dec 2012 03:00:00

Everton FC boss David Moyes wants me to have his eye for goal, says Phil Jagielka

David Moyes wants his international defender, Phil Jagielka, to follow his lead – and start writing his name more regularly on the Everton scoresheet!

Jagielka has been one of Everton’s most consistent stoppers this season, but he revealed that Moyes has been urging him to try and weigh in with more goals from corners and set-pieces. Jagielka’s only goal so far this season came for England in a friendly match against Italy. He said: “Obviously the gaffer was a centre-half himself who always tried to score goals, so he’s always giving us plenty of stick about not getting more.

“I don’t know how many he scored but sometimes it’s do as I say not do as I do!

“But we’re a team and it’s not just down to the strikers. If I can chip in with a couple of goals as well hopefully that might help us.”

Moyes enjoyed a 627 match career at clubs as diverse as Celtic and Shrewsbury. And he became more prolific the older he got. After failing to score a goal in his 35 match Celtic career, he managed one in 86 appearances for Cambridge, three in 109 for Bristol City, 12 in 108 for Shewsbury, 14 in 117 for Dunfermline then in 172 appearances for Preston North End netted 19 times. He ended his career with 49 goals, almost one every seven matches.


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