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Moyes - We deserved to win

Toffees boss praises impact of Donovan and strike from Pienaar

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 09/01/10 7:17pm

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Everton manager David Moyes says his side deserved to win after drawing with Arsenal 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Toffees came unstuck by two deflected goals, including an injury-time equaliser from Tomas Rosicky, after Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman had both netted for the visitors.

Everton battled hard in terrible conditions in North London and were good value for their lead going into stoppage time.

Indeed, they could have been 3-1 up had James Vaughan shown the same composure as Pienaar moments after the South African's goal.

Moyes was delighted with the way his side performed, and argued that they were unlucky to only come away with a point.

"I think 2-1 up, into injury time wasn't it, so it should have been our day, we deserved to win today," he told Sky Sports.

"We played well enough, created enough chances, and we should be coming away with three points today.

Asked if he was disappointed only to be level at half-time, Moyes remarked: "I was because their goal, we had bits of ricochets, chances maybe to clear it, and then it takes a big deflection.

"But we had played well enough, I thought we had a good amount of possession here and that's sometimes difficult against a good Arsenal side.

"But overall then, as the second half wore on, Arsenal got much better in the second half, but I thought when we got the goal then it would probably be enough to see us home. But in the end it wasn't.

"There's a few words getting said in the dressing room amongst the players because they're really disappointed, that should have been a victory.

"I wouldn't say a comfortable victory but it should have been won.

"Two deflected goals that have gone in - we had chances to stop it, we missed a few tackles in the build up to both goals, which you can't do."


Steven Pienaar showed great composure to chip the ball over Manuel Almunia with just nine minutes to go, and Moyes hailed the midfielder's finish.

"I think if Henry had done that here in days gone by they'd have been raving about the finish, or Bergkamp," he added.

"So I think Steven deserves any plaudits he gets - it was a fantastic finish."

American Landon Donovan provided the cross for Osman's opening goal, and Moyes was delighted with the attacker's debut performance

"I thought he played very well," he said. "I was disappointed I had to take him off, he cramped up.

"I don't know if the cold had a bit to do with that as well, I'm sure more to do with it was having four weeks holiday and then only having five or six days training with us.

"So I've got to say he's done really well today and I thought he was a threat to them all day and he contributed to a good Everton performance.

"We're only finding out about him. We played him on the right today, I thought he did a great job there, I was really impressed by him.

"We may play him up front or off the front man as well so we just want to see if we can get the best out of him in the couple of months we've got him for."

When asked about the shooting of the Togolese team bus in Angola, Moyes admitted the club had been in contact with African players Joseph Yobo and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.

"We've contacted Joseph Yobo and Yak as well," he added. "I think they feel okay at the moment, it could change.

"But obviously it's a terrible situation. It's just dreadful it really is."

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