Moyes keeps believing

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David Moyes insisted his players can turn their season round on the eve of their Europa League match against AEK Athens.

The Premier League side take on the Greek side on Wednesday night needing a win after successive defeats to Benfica have dented their hopes of qualifying. The Toffees face their Greek opponents at the Olympic Stadium tomorrow in their penultimate Group I encounter knowing a win would see them qualify, should BATE Borisov fail to beat leaders Benfica.

However, Moyes is not expecting a repeat of his team's 4-0 win over AEK on Matchday One. He explained: "I never think any win is easy; I think you always have to work hard for it. This will be a much more difficult game."

He added: "AEK have showed good home form in Europe, particularly against Benfica when they won 1-0, so that shows that it will be a different game."

The Scot has rubbished media reports suggesting he may quit and reaffirmed his commitment to the Merseyside club.

He explained: "I've said all along that this is a great job, I really enjoy it and I intend to see it through until the very end."

Moyes has been hit with further injuries with defender Joseph Yobo failing to make the trip to Athens due to a hamstring injury which forced him off during Sunday's derby. Leon Osman, who is nursing a foot injury, also misses out.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell made the trip but is a slight doubt with groin trouble while Lucas Neill and John Heitinga are both ineligible.

The good news for Moyes is that South African midfielder Steven Pienaar has vowed to play through his knee pain in an effort to return Everton to winning ways.

Tony Hibbert, meanwhile, is set to equal Everton's European appearance record which is jointly held by Colin Harvey and Brian Labone.

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