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Moyes left searching for positives

By Chris Kirwan
October 20 2003

David Moyes was left searching for the positives after an abject display against Southampton. The Blues were second best for much of the game, and were fortunate that Southampton shared their 'lack of a killer touch'.

After hoping for a fighting display following the performance at White Hart Lane the Blues disappointed with a lethargic performance.

While the defence looked solid (barring an early slip by Yobo), the central midfield was once again the problem. While the hope remains that the potential arrival of Sean Davis may help matters, there remains the fear that the creativity problems are far more deep-rooted and that it will take more than one man to change them.

Surprisingly one of the main hindrances to Moyes was the lack of options up front. The attacking positions is one sector where the Blues are spoilt for choice, but the suspension of Rooney and injuries to Radzinski and Ferguson meant that Moyes was unable to re-jig his front pair when they were struggling. The Blues certainly missed Radzinski’s willingness to run into the channels.

But for all the Blues’ problems it was Everton who had the clearest chances. Campbell and McFadden will not enjoy seeing the chances that they squandered.

But despite those chances the Blues can be grateful that they added a point to their total. It was a shoddy performance, and one that you would not expect from Moyes’ team at Goodison. Moyes said: "It was one point better than we got a fortnight ago. We defended quite well and we missed the better chances. Today wasn’t a great performance but we got something from it.”

While Moyes is wary of putting too much pressure on Rooney the game was prime example of the importance of Rooney to the side. I’d imagine that the game at Villa Park may see his recall to the side. It’s just a shame Alpay won’t be the man marking him.

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