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All-round performance pleases Moyes

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Substitute Ayegbeni Yakubu may have grabbed all the headlines for his 12-minute cameo appearance in the 3-2 victory against Blackburn at Ewood Park but Everton manager David Moyes felt the result owed more to the overall team performance.

The Nigeria international scored with his first touch within seconds of coming on in the 78th minute to put his side 2-1 up and then laid on the last-minute cross for Tim Cahill's winner. Mikel Arteta's fourth-minute penalty had put the visitors ahead but Rovers equalised twice through Steven Nzonzi and Jason Roberts

"All about the subs? I thought it was all about the players before that," said the Everton boss. "I thought we played some really outstanding football and in the first 20 minutes I thought it was scintillating how we played.

"Arteta was on a different planet today. I hardly knew how to change it our play had been so good but Yak scores with his first touch and makes the second one."

Arteta was a major influence on the game but could easily have been sent off in the 20th minute for poking a finger in Morten Gamst Pedersen's eye after reacting angrily to a tackle.

Referee Andre Marriner let him off with a booking but Moyes admitted he probably should have been dismissed.

"I've had a word with Mikel and told him he can't do that," he added. "He's not that type of boy but I think, after his injuries, he had quite bad tackle just before that and then that one as well."

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce blamed Marriner's lack of experience for failing to apply the rules properly but said Arteta not being sent off was no excuse for not getting something out of the game.

"He has poked him in the eye, it is clear and plain for everyone to see," said the Rovers boss. "The rules are clear - you can't mess with anyone's face and that is pretty dangerous. It is a red card.

"Morten gets booked as well and that was a bizarre situation. That is young referees for you, he struggled to cope with some decisions. But that was a not why we lost. For once our defending let us down."

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