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Distin: Squad can overcome injuries

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Sylvain Distin maintains injury-hit Everton can do little else but battle on after finally recording a first Barclays Premier League victory in five attempts at West Ham.

Everton secured a morale-boosting win with goals from Louis Saha and teenager Dan Gosling, but had to endure some late pressure from the Hammers following an own goal from Tony Hibbert.

"We can complain, but it does not get us more points or get us anywhere," he said. "We have got a lot of injuries, but there is nothing we can do about it."

David Moyes praised the resilience of his team, which had to do without suspended Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to add to the long list of unavailable players. Phil Neville, Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Victor Anichebe, James Vaughan, Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka - who has undergone a second knee operation - are all on the sidelines.

"We will use the players we have got and hopefully we will get some of those players back," he added.

"But we will do with what we have and we do have enough quality to play better than we have so far."

Everton's last league win had come back at the end of September - a poor run of form which saw the Toffees, who have also struggled in Europe, slip down the table.

Distin accepts that had perhaps been in the back of the players' minds.

"We have had seven games without a win and so even if you pretend not to think about it, you do," he said.

"Maybe you are not as positive and comfortable as you should be." Distin added: "But at the moment, it does not matter if we're playing home or away - it is just about the three points."

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