Moyes pride at late win
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes had nothing but praise for his players after a fine win over Arsenal.
Everton boss David Moyes had nothing but praise for his players as they secured a 1-0 over Arsenal at Goodison Park.
As has so often been the case in his debut season on Merseyside, Andy Johnson proved to be Everton's matchwinner as he struck in injury time.
Moyes believes his side were full value for the victory, which given the fact Everton also struck the post twice, appears to be a fair assessment of how events unfolded.
"It was terrific to score like that in the last minute to send the fans away happy," said Moyes.
"It was a big win for us, that is four points we have taken from Arsenal this season and we have also done that to Liverpool, so we are moving in the right direction.
"We are well organised, disciplined, and we know when we play against the top sides we have to concentrate.
"We are trying to improve our skill, our footballing side, and we are doing that. We stuck to the task and beat a good side.
"I told them they would have to run further than they had done in any game this season. They certainly did that."
The Scottish tactician, who has this week been celebrating five years at the helm, singled out Johnson for special praise and tipped him to be a big success, should England boss Steve McClaren elect to use him in forthcoming internationals.
"Andy is definitely up to the task of playing for England. If England have got the players who can put him into the box, he will get through and score," he said.
"He is always a threat, always on the shoulder of the last defender and he is always likely to get in behind a defence with his pace."
While Moyes is delighted with an excellent three-point haul, he is less enthused about the media at present - who he claims have inaccurately reported several issues at Goodison Park in the past few months.
Moyes told Everton's official website: "It's down to bad journalism. Too many things you read now, or hear on the radio, are untruths and people should take a bit of responsibility.
"It is amazing Andy (Johnson) has to come out and say these things. As the managers we are asked to talk to the media and be truthful and honest but there are some people in the business who seem to like doing their own thing and say things that are untrue. That is the world we live in but it is unbalanced."