Moyes takes Beckford rap

Toffees boss blames himself for striker's struggles

Beckford: Slow start

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Everton manager David Moyes insists he is at fault for Jermaine Beckford's slow start at Goodison Park.

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"I think I probably did him a bit of damage. I think I should have waited a bit longer and got him off the bench, given him 20 or 30 minutes to get used to it."

David Moyes on Jermaine Beckford

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Beckford, who joined the Toffees from Leeds in the summer, finally opened his Premier League goalscoring account by curling home a superb last-gasp equaliser at home to Bolton on Wednesday evening.

That strike ended a long wait for the 26-year-old who, after impressing in League One with the Whites, initially found life difficult in the top flight.

Moyes has taken responsibility for striker Beckford's stuttering start, admitting he may have selected the player too early.

Big leap

"It's a big leap, two divisions - it is a big thing we are asking him to do," said Moyes.

"What I didn't want was a lot of media putting pressure on him to come into the team and score goals.

"But it wasn't the media, it was me. That is why I took responsibility.

"I put him in the team at the beginning of the season for different reasons - Yakubu (Aiyegbeni) wasn't ready, we had a couple of injuries.

"I think I probably did him a bit of damage. I think I should have waited a bit longer and got him off the bench, given him 20 or 30 minutes to get used to it.

"But what he did the other night is what everyone knows he is capable of - he scored a really good goal.

"I think scoring your first goal for any club is a big point, certainly a Premier League goal, and he'll feel much better for that, I'm sure."

Despite Beckford's effort and the return to fitness of Yakubu and Louis Saha, Moyes is still concerned by his team's lack of goals.

He said: "We are creating opportunities without making them into chances.

"We had opportunities against Bolton but never made the goalkeeper make any saves.

"We had opportunities to make him make saves but didn't hit the target, didn't shoot or didn't cross at the right time. A little bit of decision-making is part of it."

Chances

The Bolton stalemate came after Everton also had to come from behind to claim a point against Blackpool last weekend.

But the failure to create and take chances aside, Moyes has been pleased with the performances of his team, adding: "We might have been better beating Blackpool and losing to Bolton - that would have given us three points rather than two from the two games.

"But the players showed great character. They never gave up even when we were down to 10 men and came back against Bolton.

"I have to say well done. They are doing OK, playing OK, without really finishing the games off."