Moyes hails Everton persistence in victory over Sunderland

Marouane Fellaini drives in Everton's vital leveller, despite the close attention of Sunderland defender John O'Shea.

Marouane Fellaini drives in Everton's vital leveller, despite the close attention of Sunderland defender John O'Shea.

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DAVID Moyes claimed Everton’s victory over Sunderland yesterday was a reward for sheer bloody-minded persistence from his players, writes Graeme Anderson.

The Toffeemen looked set to come unstuck after going in at half-time behind and then struggling to break down their opponents in the second half.

But two goals in the space of two minutes gave them the lead just as they looked as though they might start to lose their way.

“I thought it was going to be one of those days where it wasn’t go to go for us,” admitted the Blues boss afterwards.

“I thought it could end up 1-0 to Sunderland.

“But the fact we were behind wasn’t for want of us trying to create opportunities and trying to get at them.

“It was an odd game in that respect, but maybe, in the end, the sheer effort we put in paid dividends.”

Moyes acknowledged the quality of Sunderland’s efforts in the game and was grateful in the end that his players showed the necessary desire and determination required to avoid becoming dispirited by their visitors’ resilience.

“We were a bit fortunate to not be 2-0 down in the first half, despite the fact that we had played quite well,” he said. “Sunderland carved out two early openings.

“But if that had happened it would have been unjust on us because we didn’t play that poorly.

“We played OK and we worked hard, but, just before the equaliser came, it was clear we needed something.”

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