Moyes adds defender to his January shopping list after Jagielka injury
Crocked: Phil Jagielka limps off against Bolton
David Moyes will step up his search for an experienced central defender after Phil Jagielka's injury forced him to reassess his transfer plans.
England international Jagielka will be out for up to six weeks after damaging his medial ligaments, leaving Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga as Everton's only senior centre-backs.
Moyes' initial priority was to find a striker in the window and he had checked on Paris St Germain's Guillaume Hoarau.
But he said: 'Signing a defender was not a priority but that may change because of the injury to Jags.'
Everton will aim to bounce back from
Wednesday night's frustrating Barclays Premier League defeat against
Bolton this afternoon when they host non-league Tamworth in the FA Cup
This will be a tie that neutrals will be
looking at and examining the prospects of a giant-killing; Everton's
current injury problems – they could be without up to six key figures
this afternoon – mean the potential for a slip up have slightly
Moyes, who took Everton to the FA Cup final in 2009, has endured his share of miserable afternoons on third round day, with defeats against Shrewsbury (2003) and Oldham (2008) still fresh in his memory and he will leave nothing to chance against a team who are currently 15th in the Blue Square.
'I would rather be playing Tamworth at home than Chelsea,' said Moyes. 'We prepare the game in the same fashion, go into it the same way, give the players their warnings but obviously expect them to go out and perform.
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'I have been there (on the end of an upset) before and you always remember it. I have been a manager at Preston when we were 2-0 up against Arsenal, who had Vieira, Petit, Overmars and Henry and Bergkamp, a minute before half time. I have been here (at Goodison Park) as manager as Preston and I've been to Chelsea as manager of Preston. The teams (from the lower division) always raise their games, where as it can be harder for the teams who are favourites to do that.'
Moyes added: 'Tamworth will come here and raise the standard of their performance, I am sure they have been waiting for this game since the draw.
'We have to do the right things. it doesn't matter who you are playing against, we have to earn the right to play and we will go and give them the same respect as anyone. If anyone is turning up thinking Tamworth will roll over and make it easy then they have not seen it right.'