Swansea 0 Everton 2: Moyes slams glut of fixtures after timely boost
21:55 GMT, 24 March 2012
David Moyes could not resist having
blast at the Premier League on the day that his Everton team made a
timely return to form on their travels.
The Goodison Park club will go into
their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Sunderland on Tuesday with renewed
confidence after this convincing performance brought a first away win in
On their way: Leighton Baines scores the first goal from a free-kick
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Sinclair (McEachran 72), Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Routledge (Lita 71), Graham (Moore 71). Subs not used: Tremmel, Tate, Monk, Gower.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Osman, Gibson (Heitinga 83), Cahill (Fellaini 58), Neville, Pienaar, Jelavic (Stracqualursi 81). Subs not used: Mucha, McFadden, Gueye, Anichebe.
Goals: Baines 59, Jelavic 76
Referee: Neil Swarbrick.
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But Moyes is angry about a fixture
programme that means his team will face their fifth game in 17 days at
the Stadium of Light, which he believes could have been avoided.
'They haven't helped us out and they
have really disappointed me', said Moyes, who is understood to be
annoyed that the Merseyside derby was re-arranged in the week of the
original tie against Sunderland.
'I don't think Everton have been helped in many ways this season, particularly over fixtures.'
But Moyes had no complaints about his
side's return to form, insisting: 'This was an important three points
and a big performance.
'We weren't thinking about Tuesday but it's always
better to go into an important match from this position.'
Everton's dominance in the second
half made them emphatic winners, with Leighton Baines giving them the
lead just before the hour.
Taking a tumble: Phil Jagielka slides in on Swansea's Scott Sinclair
Tough tussle: Gylfi Sigurdsson (right) holds off Steven Pienaar
The England full-back's surging run
from defence was halted by a clumsy foul from Ashley Williams 25 yards
from goal and he exacted full punishment with a trademark free-kick into
the top corner.
Moyes called it 'exquisite' – and he
was not wrong. Brendan Rodgers responded with a triple substitution,
taking off his ineffective strikeforce of Wayne Routledge, Danny Graham
and Scott Sinclair and replacing them with Leroy Lita, Luke Moore and
Game over: Nikica Jelavic celebrates scoring the second goal (above and below)
But it made little difference on a day when Swansea could never get their smoothpassing style working.
After Nikica Jelavic had missed a
good opportunity, set up by the impressive Steve Pienaar, he made amends
with a cool finish to double the visitors' lead.
Substitute Marouane Fellaini was the creator, forcing his way past the hapless Williams to set up a simple finish.
Flying high: Baines and Everton are now just two points behind Merseyside rivals Liverpool
Not this time: Swansea's Wayne Routledge holds off Darron Gibson
Football united: Swansea fans show their support for Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba