Moyes Rollicking Turned The Tables!

Last updated : 09 March 2009 By Boro Mad

EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Pienaar (Gosling 89), Rodwell (Saha 46), Osman, Baines, Fellaini, Cahill.
Subs Not Used: Nash, Van der Meyde, Castillo, Jacobsen, Wallace.

BORO: Jones, Hoyte, Huth, Wheater, Pogatetz, O'Neil, Arca, Bates (Adam Johnson 72), Downing, Sanli, Aliadiere (Emnes 68).
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Taylor, McMahon, Franks, Walker.

Everton boss David Moyes: "The way we played in the first half is not the way Everton play. And they were told that in no uncertain terms by both of us.

"There was a lot of re-organisation needed at the break, but they also needed to be really charged up.

"We have talked a good game beforehand, but we didn't do anything in that first half to deserve a semi-final place.

"I can be angry at half-time, but Steve got there first this time and did a good job on them.

"I felt they responded very well. For the first 15 minutes of the second half they were really up for it.

"I did not expect Louis (Saha) to last that long. I felt he was only ready for about 30 minutes, but he played the whole second half and was excellent.

"He is the only forward we have at the club who can provide that sort of goal threat. We will take it carefully, it will be up to Louis when he feels he can last a full match.

"But when we can use him from the start in matches it will boost our chances on both fronts, the cup and the league."

Gareth Southgate: "Of course it is a huge disappointment to lose a cup semi-final, and we were in a position of being 45 minutes from Wembley.

"Everybody's emotions are pretty raw, but the way we gave the lead away underlines why we are where we are this season.

"We had commitment and endeavour, but we have to learn how to win matches and see matches through to the end.

"We had a six-minute period where we didn't deal with the high balls into the box, which we had done brilliantly before that. There were harsh lessons to learn.

"Did we do enough as a team to win the game? Probably not, that is what we must look at.

"It is a shame for the fans. Going to Wembley would have been something to look forward to, but now we have a quarter of the season to go to get ourselves out of the relegation zone.

"We have been excellent in the cup, now we have to stick together and get through this. There has been some tough evenings to endure after matches, now we have to get over this and keep fighting in the league."