Moyes: Beattie will bounce back
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes called on James Beattie to make amends for his Chelsea dismissal.David Moyes has called on James Beattie to make amends for his sending off against Chelsea on February 12.
The £6 million January signing was dismissed for an inexplicable head butt on William Gallas, and compromised Everton's efforts after just eight minutes against the London side.
The subsequent suspension deprived The Toffees of their striker for three games in which they lost on two occasions.
Now, with the vital Merseyside derby fast approaching, Moyes is sure that the incident can spur the former Southampton man on to galvanise Everton's bid for an unlikely UEFA Champions League spot.
The Scottish manager refused to believe that the 27-year-old had let his side down, and backed him to show more professionalism in the future.
"I can't say I feel James Beattie has let me down," said Moyes.
"When I bought him I made it clear that I thought he would take time to adjust here and that we'd see the best of him after a decent pre-season behind him.
"But it's a different matter where he and the rest of the team are concerned.
"We lost him early on against Chelsea and that made it difficult for us, we also lost his services for important games.
"Quite often when these things happen the player comes back stronger for the experience and hopefully that will happen in this case.
"The player has been made aware of his responsibilities, on and off the football pitch.
"It is about realising that Everton is a big football club with high expectations, so the players need to maintain high standards at all times.
"James knows he let things slip against Chelsea and he will be eager to make amends.
"Now that James is available again, he is certainly in the running to play this weekend."