Moyes - Pride is at stake

04 November 2009 05:27
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} David Moyes is determined to restore some of Everton's damaged pride when they face-off against Benfica on Thursday.

The Toffees were given a 5-0 thrashing in Lisbon two weeks ago after winning their first two matches in Europa League Group I.

The defeat was Everton's heaviest ever in European competition and Moyes' side will be keen to show they can compete with the Portuguese giants in the return fixture at Goodison Park.

"We do not use the word revenge but pride is at stake. We are hurting from the Benfica game and the result," Moyes said.

"Hopefully we can do something about it. We want to progress in the group, that is the important thing.

"It is great we are talking about expectations in Europe because that has not been the case for a long time.

Result"We are going to have a go and get a result. A point would not be a bad thing the way the group is going.

"The key is to qualify, that's our aim and we could find ourselves closer to that target tomorrow. But we have to play much better than we did in Lisbon."

Despite the sparkling performance at the Estadio da Luz, Benfica are without a victory in seven European matches on the road.

However, Moyes is not expecting his side to face an easier task on Thursday even though they will have home advantage.

"I think they will play the same way as they did at home. They are a really good side," the Scottish manager added.

"They may well topple Porto, who have dominated for years, and win the league.

"We do know the dangers Benfica pose but it is not easy to stop them. However I hope we can cause them some problems on our own ground."

Moyes will again have to cope with a depleted squad, with new signings Johnny Heitinga and Lucas Neill both ineligible.

Louis Saha (calf) and Tony Hibbert (flu) are doubtful through injury but South Africa winger Steven Pienaar could return from a knee problem to take a place on the bench.

Source: SKY_Sports