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Moyes: Beckford form down to me
13 Nov 2010 - 10:28:03
Everton manager David Moyes has leapt to the defence of striker Jermaine Beckford by suggesting he was flung into the first team too early.
After making the move from League One side Leeds United in the summer, Beckford has failed to impress at Goodison Park.
Injuries forced the Scottish coach to persevere with the pacey front man,much to the supporters' discontent.
But he opened his account in spectacular fashion in Wednesday night's last-gasp 1-1 home draw with Bolton Wanderers and he now believes he will come good in the top-flight.
"It's a big leap, two divisions - it is a big thing we are asking him to do," he said.
"What I didn't want was a lot of media putting pressure on him to come into the team and score goals. But it wasn't the media, it was me. That is why I took responsibility.
"I put him in the team at the beginning of the season for different reasons - Yakubu wasn't ready, we had a couple of injuries.
"I think I probably did him a bit of damage. I think I should have waited a bit longer and got him off the bench, given him 20 or 30 minutes to get used to it.
"But what he did the other night is what everyone knows he is capable of - he scored a really good goal.
"I think scoring your first goal for any club is a big point, certainly a Premier League goal, and he'll feel much better for that, I'm sure."