Everton put Tottenham to the sword at death – Moyes hails fighting spirit

12/9/12 in Soccer   |   JamesSmith23   |   1413 respect

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Everton put Tottenham Hotspur to the sword at death by scoring two quick goals at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Everton boss David Moyes believes justice was done as his side celebrated a thrilling 2-1 victory at home.

Clint Dempsey seemed to have provided Tottenham Hotspur with the winner by breaking the deadlock around 14 minutes from the end, but a resilient Everton side made change to that script with goals from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic in the 90th and 92nd minute of the game.

David Moyes believes it was a well-deserved victory for Everton, after all his side launched more attacks in the night. The Scotsman also praised the fighting spirit his men showed till the end of the game.

“It is as good a finish as we've had,” David Moyes said. “We've had a few like that where we've lost and felt low so we were due one. I remember a season where we used to score late goals and win games 1-0 but recently it has not been the case.

“If Everton hadn't won we'd have been saying 'How not?' because we played terrifically well, especially in the first half with Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman. We just couldn't find the final pass or touch to finish it off and Tottenham got better in the 15 minutes after half-time, but I thought we had grown into it again when they scored.”

The Everton manager, who has been at the helm since 2002, admitted his side lost concentration in the last period of the game. Nonetheless, David Moyes was exuberant over the never-die-attitude his men showed in the dying moments.

“Our poorest period was in the last 10 minutes when we were changing players around and we had tried everything to get an opening, but they kept at it and we got it in the end,” David Moyes said. “It can lift you, it shows the belief and persistence in keeping going and the players showed great character to keep going.

“I thought we had another difficult day (with the officials) with hardly a thing going for us, not a thing. So you have to win the games, you can't rely on referee decisions going your way. We've not had any games where the referee has changed the game in Everton's favor.”

Victory over Tottenham Hotspur has taken Everton’s unbeaten streak at home in the Premier League to 12 games. The three points from the game also helped Everton acquire fourth place on the Premier League table. However, Tottenham Hotspur are breathing down their necks on goal difference. 

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