Moyes seeks improvement


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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