Toffees boss hails his 'Roy of the Rovers'

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After Jermaine Beckford's sensational solo winner against Chelsea on Sunday, Everton boss David Moyes exclaimed: “Roy of the Rovers lives on!"

It was the 27-year-old's tenth goal of the season and, arguably, the pick of the bunch, which led Moyes to wax lyrical about the former Leeds striker.

“It is the sort of thing you would see in one of the magazines – get it in your own box, dribble past three players, get up there," added the Scot.

“Okay, you get a wee bit of a ricochet and it bounces for you and the keeper just gets his hand on it, you can’t tell if it’s going in but it just goes inside the post .- all while we’re down to ten men."


Although unable to replicate his Elland Road goalscoring feats - not that it was to be expected - ten strikes represents a significant achievement for Beckford, having climbed two divisions last season upon moving to Goodison Park.

“That’s ten goals this season and I think that’s probably exactly what I would have expected from him," added Moyes. "Scored ten goals, started some games, been sub in others, probably what we would have expected.

“He’s scored in some big games as well. He can get his goals but he’s the sort of player you’ll have to live with some other faults."

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