Moyes: Saha must continue hard work

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Everton boss David Moyes has urged striker Louis Saha to keep up the hard work in his quest for goals.

Moyes has bemoaned his side's lack of goals all season and is anxious for Saha to rediscover last year's touch. Last season's top scorer has not found the net in the Barclays Premier League since February and his frontline colleagues have fared little better.

"He has done OK," Moyes said. "He played well against Arsenal. He had one or two shots but never got the goal, but I thought he did OK. I think you make your own luck. They say the harder you work, the luckier you get, and I think there is part of that here."

Only two of Everton's league goals this term have come from strikers - one each from Ayegbeni Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford - and Moyes wants more.

Saha did have two months out with a calf injury but, after three substitute appearances, the 32-year-old has started the last two games against Bolton and Arsenal. Moyes has been impressed with his work rate but feels the goals now need to come and says the Frenchman must seize any moment of good fortune.

Moyes added: "I think you could do with the ball now and again dropping to you in the right place. But if you are in the right place often enough the ball does drop.

"The key is both things - work for your luck but if you get it, take it."

Everton, whose seven-game unbeaten run was ended by Arsenal last week, are not in action again until travelling to Sunderland on Monday.

After last week's much-criticised international friendlies, that gives the Toffees crucial extra preparation time but Moyes has mixed feelings about the game's timing.

He said: "I think a little bit more recovery will be vital for the ones that have played. But it does mean you don't have as much rest before your next game, so you get it the other way round."

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