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Moyes has no complaints with loss

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We are gutted - Cahill

Everton manager David Moyes conceded Chelsea were deserved 2-1 winners in the FA Cup final after the Londoners recovered from a terrible start.

Moyes' side took an early lead through Louis Saha but goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard left them defeated.

"We deserved to be in the final because the players performed ever so well throughout the season, but we found Chelsea a hurdle too much," Moyes said.

"They were the better team and used the conditions better than we did."

Saha's goal came after only 25 seconds but Drogba equalised just before the break.

And Lampard's winner with 20 minutes to go secured victory for Guus Hiddink's side at a sweltering Wembley Stadium.

"It was a great start for us but it probably inspired them more than us. They used the ball well," said Moyes.

Despite the defeat, Moyes was proud of his side's achievements in an FA Cup run that saw them beat Aston Villa, Liverpool and Manchester United on the way to the final.

This season Moyes' side also secured a top-five Premier League finish while the Scotsman was named manager of the year by the League Managers' Association (LMA) for the third year running.

"It's disappointing not to finish with a trophy but I'm very proud of the players. I can't fault them, they have been excellent and I've told them that," he said.

"I've got to give them credit. Last year we reached a semi-final in the League Cup, this year a final.

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"Whether or not we won, it was progress for us. Hopefully the next bit, winning a cup, will come next year."

Captain Phil Neville echoed Moyes' disappointment and urged his side to build on the experiences of this season and make further progress next term.

"It's a massive disappointment," Neville told BBC Sport.

"Losing an FA Cup final is one the worst things that can happen to you in football. There is no place for losers on a day like today.

"We've come so far this season but when it comes to the real crunch and when you need that bit of quality we just didn't have it. We've had it this season but not today unfortunately.

"But we can all be proud of our achievements, we can all be immensely proud.

"To be honest, it feels like we've been relegated, defeat is hard. But I think you learn more in defeat that you do in victory.

"This has to be the start for this club and we have to make sure we experience more occasions like this so that we can be better in the future."

For midfielder Tim Cahill, defeat was the second time he has experienced FA Cup final defeat, having lost while playing for Millwall against Manchester United in 2004.

Even so, the Australian was still proud of his side's achievements.

"The best thing about this team is we stuck together, no matter what," Cahill said.

"We've come so far with such a small squad and I'm just proud to be part of this team and wear this shirt.

"I'm just gutted because this was a chance to win some silverware.

"We lose as team and win as a team. We're going to hold our heads up high and take this on the chin.

"We've had such a long season with such a small squad. I can't be happier playing with a group of lads like this. I just hope everything stays the same for next season."



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FA Cup final photos
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In pictures: Fixing the FA Cup
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Moyes wins record third LMA award
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