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Sunday, 18 August, 2002, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Moyes blames Wright
David Moyes
Moyes was public in his criticism of new boy Wright

Everton boss David Moyes publicly blamed new 3.5m goalkeeper Richard Wright for failing to prevent both Spurs goals in the 2-2 opening day draw.

Wright's glaring error allowed Les Ferdinand to score his 15th goal against Everton in 16 games - but Moyes also refused to spare his high-profile summer capture from Arsenal for Matthew Etherington's goal.

Tomasz Radzinski's late goal salvaged a point for the Merseysiders, but Moyes was clearly unhappy after Wright's debut.

Moyes said: "I've told Richard I felt he should have saved both goals, the first and the second.

"He came into the dressing room and knew he should have done better. But overall his game was very good. He kicked well, commanded his box and he was sharp behind his defenders.

"But when you are a goalkeeper and you make mistakes, goals go in. That's what happened here.

"To be fair, when you accept mistakes and own up then you always have a chance to improve.

"He had a difficult time last season at Arsenal, I've said that before, but he is here in the long term. He's only 24 and you have to judge what he's going to be like at 27 and 28.

"We are not a club that is going to be buying players just for six months. We are getting players in who are here for years.

"You obviously have to justify yourself and your position, but Richard has age on his side."

Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle, meanwhile, hailed a new Premiership star in Everton's 16-year-old debutant Wayne Rooney.

Rooney made an impressive start, and Hoddle said: ""I sat and watched him play for Everton youth team against our lads last season and he was outstanding, he scored two exceptional goals."

Rooney has impressed Hoddle

One, from outside the box, observers recall, had Hoddle shaking his head in disbelief.

He added: "He's got a smashing attitude, good, quick feet and plays with his head up.

"When you have a player who can lift their head and see the picture then they have a chance at the top level.

"Rooney can progress from now and I'm sure David Moyes and Everton will manage him correctly and he has a bright, bright future if he keeps his head together."

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