David Moyes says his Everton team are well prepared for the upcoming game with Newcastle today, because following their UEFA cup games on Thursday, they are ready and know they have to get the job done on the following Sundays in the premiership.
Letâ€™s take a look at what David had to say.
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David Moyes - has Everton well prepared for game at Newcastle today
Thursday nightâ€™s great UEFA Cup first round success against Metalist Kharkiv was Evertonâ€™s third victory in succession.
They arrived back from the Ukraine at 5am on Friday following a delayed flight so Evertonâ€™s players had little recovery time before for the 3pm kick-off at St Jamesâ€™s Park today. Everton manager Moyes is however quite upbeat.
â€œThe players are buoyant,â€ â€œWeâ€™ve prepared very well, the trip away was done first class from start to finish and, but for delay on the way back, it couldnâ€™t have gone any better to plan.â€â€œSo we hope that preparation does help. Itâ€™s already helped us get one result and hopefully it will help us towards getting a result against Newcastle.â€
â€œWe know how it comes Thursday-Sunday in this competition and we know we have to do that, so thatâ€™s why weâ€™ve tried to get a bigger squad,â€
â€œHopefully over the next couple of weeks or so weâ€™ll start to see the return of Tim Cahill, James Vaughan and possibly Tommy Gravesen so by the end of the international break thereâ€™s a good chance we will be much closer to getting everyone in the squad back fit.â€
â€œI feel that weâ€™re getting through without feeling that weâ€™ve hit top form yet. Thereâ€™s been signs and periods in the last couple of games that weâ€™re beginning to get a little bit better but we know that we are still looking to get to what we consider as fully on song.â€
â€œ(The win) will be a big boost because something weâ€™ve never really done well is get through the first round of a cup competitions so weâ€™ve got ourselves through and we will be able to utilize the squad and see how people do.
â€œBut Iâ€™m looking forward to the challenge weâ€™ve got.â€
The draw for the group stages of the UEFA Cup takes place on Tuesday in Nyon, Switzerland when Everton will find out who their next round opponents will be.
â€œThe win is not as significant as maybe a lot of people would put it,â€
â€œLetâ€™s be fair, weâ€™ve won a qualifier of the UEFA Cup and thatâ€™s all that was. My ambitions are to try and go on and get to a final so if that was the height of what I thought was the top then it wouldnâ€™t be very high.”
â€œTo put it into perspective, the importance of the game was we wanted to get through.â€ â€œTo everybody it looked a pretty easy game on paper but it turned out to be far from that.â€
Itâ€™s difficult for teams to keep going through multiple top games like this, and although Everton are a good team, they havenâ€™t yet got the size of squad or experience to be consistently good. Thatâ€™s what Newcastle hope is for this specific game But we all know this will not be easy and David Moyesâ€™ teams never give up. It should be a great game.
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