Moyes excited by Stoke test

Moyes says Stoke's Europa League exertions may begin to tell

Last Updated: 01/05/12 10:07am

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David Moyes: Ready for tough examination at Britannia Stadium

David Moyes: Ready for tough examination at Britannia Stadium

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David Moyes insists Everton will combat Stoke's direct approach by playing their own game when the sides meet at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Toffees have now scored four goals in three successive Premier League outings and are unbeaten in their last six matches.

And Moyes is determined to finish above Merseyside neighbours Liverpool by rounding off the campaign on a high.

"We have been in decent form since January and have kept ourselves going despite having lost a game here or there," said the Scot.

"They have been playing well and their form has been consistent so it is a good position for me to be in.

"You know you are going to have to deal with long throws and balls into your box but that is part of football.

"There is no rule that it has to be played only one way. That is why the Premier League is so exciting because there is a variation of styles.

"Over the years Stoke have been a good side and have improved year-on-year.

"When you look at the opposition you always look to see what they do and try to make sure you deal with it.

"The way they play there are things you have to do to try to combat it but we will go there and try to play our own game."

Long season

The Potters will play their 54th match of the season against Everton and Moyes is wondering whether Stoke's Europa League exertions may finally begin to tell.

"It has been a long old season," he said. "They have had a lot of games, they got through the group stage of the Europa League and they will be disappointed their league position is not further up.

"European football was a great achievement for them but it does take its toll when you are in the Thursday-Sunday scenario - but I would take it.

"I think nowadays it does (make a difference) because I think the players think about it the number of games they play."

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