Everton manager David Moyes was full of praise for his players after last nightÃ¢ÂÂs 3-0 derby loss to Liverpool, hailing the ToffeesÃ¢ÂÂ dignified and placid subservience in the face of defeat.
MoyesÃ¢ÂÂ men boosted their bid to finish exactly in mid-table by cancelling out a gutsy win over Tottenham with a lily-livered capitulation against their old rivals Liverpool, keeping them solidly anchored in ninth place behind teams who can score from open play but ahead of teams unable to take a long throw.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs just fantastic to have a group of players that arenÃ¢ÂÂt afraid to accept their limitations,Ã¢ÂÂ Moyes beamed after the final whistle.
Ã¢ÂÂRather than waste everyoneÃ¢ÂÂs time and risk heaping further indignity on themselves by attempting to rectify the situation with passes, crosses or shots, the lads have humbly capitulated.
Ã¢ÂÂMany sides would see going behind in a derby just before half-time as a prompt to create some chances, but we werenÃ¢ÂÂt remotely tempted to try and claw our way back into the game.Ã¢ÂÂ
While fans seemed unimpressed with EvertonÃ¢ÂÂs lack of spark, Moyes was seen applauding Steven Pienaar for time-wasting at 2-0 down and the manager himself insisted on inserting an Ã¢ÂÂLÃ¢ÂÂ in the fixture list on the clubÃ¢ÂÂs website several hours before kick-off, stressing that he was "saving the webmaster a job".
Despite their lack of chances, Everton had 47% of possession at Anfield. However, the figure could be misleading as much of that total came during a 12-minute period when the ball got stuck in Marouane FellainiÃ¢ÂÂs shirt, causing widespread embarrassment and frustration.
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