An angry David Moyes feels Everton’s poor start last night cost them their best chance of lifting silverware this season. The club went into their game against Leeds United as one of the favourites for this season’s Capital One Cup but left Elland Road with their trophy hopes in tatters.
“We started the game terribly giving Leeds the initiative and because of that we probably lost the game in the opening 20 minutes given the way we started. We were really, really poor for the first goal. We were not very good in the first half and got a bit better in the second half. But we didn’t play as well as we haven’t been playing, that’s for sure,” Moyes said afterwards.
Everton have made a fantastic start to the Premier League, lying third in the table, but Moyes made six changes from the side that defeated Swansea on Saturday for the game away to the Championship side.
Moyes felt that the starting eleven he picked should have been good enough to play for Everton and win, and was let down by their failure to perform which sees Everton still with just one win at Elland Road in the last 60 years.
“I’m very disappointed to be out of this competition. We felt that team was good enough to win. These boys are in the squad to show that when players get injured they can play. If you don’t use them then what’s the point of having them? Players want to play and be involved. I’ve seen a bit tonight and learned a lot. Leeds has always been a big place to come and play one or two did okay and one or two did not,” Moyes fumed.
Leeds pounced on Everton’s uncertainty and only four minutes had elapsed when Aiden White scored the game’s opening goal. Moyes sent on the cavalry to rescue Everton when Rodolph Austin added a second for Leeds and Sylvain Distain raised Everton hopes with his headed goal nine minutes from time but it was too little too late for the Merseysiders.
The Scot was angered by what he saw as a missed opportunity for Everton to go on a cup run and maybe add some silverware to the Goodison trophy cabinet.
“The League Cup is a chance if you get good draws in the cup and play well. If you get difficult draws it makes it harder, and if you don’t play well that makes it even harder. I think a culmination of the two over the years is why we haven’t done well in this competition.”