Moyes pleased with players
David Moyes praised his players despite seeing his side lose 3-2 at home to Aston Villa.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 07/12/08 9:36pm
Everton manager David Moyes praised his players despite conceding an injury time goal seconds after scoring themselves in their 3-2 loss to Aston Villa.
Joleon Lescott thought he had rescued a point for the home side when he volleyed home in the second minute of injury time only to see Villa's Ashley Young race up the other end and win the game for the visitors.
Despite having a striking crisis with Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Louis Saha and James Vaughan all injured Everton enjoyed the majority of possession at Goodison Park.
The loss means that Everton have just one win at home all season but Moyes believes his players can be proud of their performance.
He told Sky Sports: "The players didn't deserve that today they played really well. I thought it was a terrific game, it was an old fashioned British game.
"We had a right go at it, hit the bar and had a couple kicked off the line so we're disappointed."
Toffees defender Phil Jagielka gifted Villa their second goal as Ashley Young raced onto his poor back-pass, but Moyes was more interested in the amount of time the referee added on in order for Villa to grab their winner.
"My only feeling at the time was when we scored and then they kicked off I thought this must be time up now. Maybe not, maybe I got my times mixed up."
With Victor Anichebe Everton's only recognised fit striker many expect Moyes to delve into the transfer market when the window re-opens in January.
But Moyes is quick to point out the lack of funds at his disposal and highlights that if Anichebe can perform as he did against Villa then his side may not have a problem up-front.
"I think people know, I think the supporters know we don't have funds here, we don't have big money here.
"But we try to have a go, we always try to finish as high up the league as we can and anything the club do have they give me.
"They are always keen to give me everything they can so if not we will look into the loan market.
"But if Victor Anichebe plays as well as he played, especially an hour until his injury, I think we will be more than happy. If you look at Victor Anichebe's performance especially first half I thought he was outstanding."