Moyes calls on Scot to shine
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes has called for James McFadden to 'stand up and be counted'.
Everton boss David Moyes has called on James McFadden to 'stand up and be counted' in the wake of Tim Cahill's injury.
The Australian international is likely to be absent for up to two months after suffering medial ligament damage, a blow that leaves a gaping hole in The Toffees' attack.
His Goodison team-mate McFadden has endured a disappointing season to date, with his controversial red card in the Carling Cup defeat to Arsenal compounding a lean spell in front of goal.
The Scottish international was dismissed after just 18 minutes of the cup game with referee Graham Poll claiming McFadden called him a 'cheat', however the Everton man insists his outburst was limited to some obscene language.
Either way McFadden has been forced to serve a two-match ban, and the 23-year-old has taken the chance to impress in the reserves with a brace in a 2-0 win over Wigan on Wednesday night.
Now his manager Moyes has called on the forward to show he has learnt from the dismissal and help fill the void left by Cahill's injury.
"Faddy has got to come back and prove he has learned from his mistake," Moyes told the Liverpool Echo.
"It was a costly one for us, but we were able to play him last night in the reserves and it was pleasing that he scored twice.
"It was important for him to get a game as his season has been very stop-start. It has never really got up and running.
"He missed quite a bit of time with injury and just when he looked as if it was behind him, he got suspended.
"He needs to knuckle down now.
"He is a player that I am looking to rise to the challenge and raise the bar in the coming weeks with Tim Cahill being injured.
"We will need a few players to stand up and be counted and I hope James McFadden is one of them."