Everton manager David Moyes is disappointed with the way his club’s season has gone.
Their respectable seventh place in the table masks a poor start to the season where it took them eight games to register their first league victory.
But Everton have won two of their last three away matches and are looking to finish the season strongly with another win when they travel to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
“We were disappointed with the first six months or so of the season but the players have picked up and we are in a position where more people would have thought we might be,” Moyes said.
“I’ve said from the start of the season I think we have a really good squad of players.”
“But I definitely hoped we would have done a little better.”
“I have given some young lads a game and that has given the team something extra.”
“We have tried not to complain too much about injuries and get on with it.”
“To be fair to the lads they have knuckled down and got the results.”
Wigan are struggling at the wrong end of the table and will be battling for their lives with just four games left to drag themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone.
But Everton have faced other struggling clubs Blackburn Rovers and Wolves recently so Moyes is confident his players will be able to cope.
“They are quite similar to Wolves who we played a few weeks ago.”
“Roberto Martinez has them playing a good style of football and we will have to deal with that.”
“He is doing a brilliant job with the resources available.”
“Roberto wants to play good football and all managers want to win so I am sure he would take not playing that well and still winning.”
“We all would take that but if you can do it by playing well too then that is even better.”
“We have played a lot of teams in their situation recently.”
Defender Johnny Heitinga (hamstring) is a doubt. Forwards Louis Saha (ankle) and Marouane Fellaini (ankle) will be missing.
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