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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 January 2008, 19:43 GMT
Moyes defends Everton selection
David Moyes
Moyes selected players with experience in Europe this season
Everton boss David Moyes defended his team selection after the Premier League club crashed out of the FA Cup third round to League One side Oldham.

"It wasn't a vastly weakened team at all," he said after the 1-0 loss at Goodison Park. "I felt it was strong.

"I would have expected the team I put out to have been good enough to win."

Everton made a host of changes from their regular starting line-up and could not find a goal after Gary McDonald's first-half 25-yard strike.

Moyes appeared to be resting big names such as club captain Phil Neville, Yakubu, and first-choice keeper Tim Howard ahead of Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea.

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Youngster James Vaughan started in attack but was replaced by Yakubu on 64 minutes and Victor Anichebe replaced the disappointing Thomas Gravesen.

"They are all disappointed, we all are. These things happen, unfortunately it has happened to us a few times," said Moyes.

"We have a very good squad, we picked a side who have all played at the top level, they have all played in Europe this season.

"It was very much the midfield that played and won away to Alkmaar in the Uefa Cup.

"We have looked as if we could score lots of goals, but Oldham defended fantastically well and scored an opportunist goal just before the break.

"We never really got to grips with them. We did not under-estimate them, we rated them very highly."

Oldham boss John Sheridan admitted the victory represented the best result of his managerial career.

We knew we would be chasing the ball a lot but we did it

John Sheridan
Oldham manager

"To come to a Premier League ground against a team who are really flying at the moment was a great performance," he said.

"I told the players to really enjoy the occasion, because things like this might not happen to them again. I was so pleased and proud of them.

"I believed we could get something from the game, we have won seven on the trot away now, so we are doing something right.

"I can't praise them enough. The togetherness was outstanding, kids and experienced players."

And Sheridan did not believe Everton put out a significantly weakened side.

"I have watched Everton in Europe a few times, and I knew it was going to be a massive test for us whoever they put out," he said.

"They have got such a strong squad. We knew we would be chasing the ball a lot but we did it."

SEE ALSO
FA Cup photos
05 Jan 08 |  Football
Everton 0-1 Oldham
05 Jan 08 |  FA Cup


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