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Everton FC manager David Moyes left disappointed by Chelsea defeat
Published : 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00
David Moyes was left bitterly disappointed as Everton suffered their first home league defeat of the campaign.
Two goals from Frank Lampard, so often the scourge of the Blues in the past, meant Chelsea became the first visiting team to win at Goodison Park since March, and secured Rafa Benitez’s side a place in the Premier League’s top four at Everton’s expense. Moyes had seen his side given a dream start, with Steven Pienaar firing them ahead in the second minute, and Everton competed well throughout, leaving the Scot frustrated at the final whistle.
“We’re disappointed, but not with how we played,” Moyes said.
“We played very well, and we’ve run the European Champions really close. But we just didn’t quite have enough in the end.
“We played well enough to get a second goal when we were in front.
“We were unfortunate to have things come back off the woodwork and not fall to us. Then they had a shot in the second half, our goalie saves it and it falls to them twice in the box, so we were a little unlucky with that today.”
When asked if it was a positive sign that his side could compete with a side that has now won seven of their last eight games in all competitions, Moyes responded:
“Did you not expect us to? Because I did.
“I don’t know if we will be in the mix at the end, but for us today we got 11 (players) together and we tried to make the best of what we had, and I thought we did that well.
“We played well enough to get something from the game, and to come away with nothing was harsh on us.