Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 29 2010
Kevin MacDonald has told the official site that the desire to win from the players was very important and hopes that 'instills belief in them from supporters.'
He also admits that Villa rode their luck... see the stats: Click Here (18 corners, 59% of the ball to Everton) but that we also had our own chances to score more.
'The whole team impressed. I was pleased with the way the forwards like John and Ashley were tracking back to try and shut people down. That was great. Obviously Richard and James were throwing themselves around, getting headers in and Brad made two or three good saves too. But the whole team put a shift in to defend and attack - that's the important thing. Some of the work we've done on the training ground with the defending paid off. I thought all those players were fantastic.'
John? Was Carew on the pitch? Sorry, had to make one bitchy comment today!
The caretaker boss added that it showed a return of the attitude from last season not wanting to concede goals.
'Everton are a very, very good side. Their position of having one point in nine belies how good a team they are. I thought we rode our luck but I also thought they rode their luck too with the chances we had. We should have maybe taken more care and been more clinical in front of goal. But a win is a win in the Premier League. They are difficult to come by. They did well today. I hope it was entertaining. It was quite nailbiting. It became open at times but I just hope the fans enjoyed the match.'
It certainly was all those things, I'm half dead from nervous exhaustion!
Oh and for those that don't know, Stephen Ireland hurt his hamstring in the warm up so wasn't played. Hopefully not lasting damage.
Anyone care what David Moyes thinks? He came into the Villa technical area a few times today, I wonder if he was trying it for size?!
Anyway, the Everton boss said: 'Of course I'd like to manage Villa, they are a massive clu..... oh no, sorry, he didn't say that.
Moyes said: 'We did enough to get something from the game, if not more than one point. We had dominance for most of the game but you have got to score. We have played well in other games as well and not been able to make it count. We were getting into the final third but then not creating well enough or making situations into better opportunities.'
Worst start in the PL for ten years for Everton, then again, we are only 3 games in so hardly time to panic I'm sure.
As for Villa. Club in crisis according to the press. 6 points out of 9 according to the league!
Date:Sunday August 29 2010
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