Everton manager David Moyes accepts his squad's brittle confidence means there are likely to be more ups and downs before the end of the season.
Defeat to Bolton a week ago ended a four-match unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League and left the side stuck in 11th place. A 2-0 FA Cup third-round victory over non-league Tamworth at the weekend helped lift spirits but a trip to high-flying Tottenham tonight presents real difficulty for the Toffees, who are likely to have six first-team regulars missing with injury.
Moyes has no doubts about the battling qualities of his squad but knows they need a succession of good results to help kick-start the second half of the season. And he said: "Injuries have come in the last couple of games but we have to consider where the Bolton game was and it was very poor performance-wise."
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