I'm not surprised our fans stay away, says Everton boss Moyes
David Moyes has vowed to bring the crowds back to Goodison Park after admitting he has not done enough to captivate Everton supporters.
Attendances have dwindled at Goodison this season and the gate of 31,004 against Norwich City before Christmas was the lowest recorded by the club for a Barclays Premier League game since February 2002.
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Everton, who entertain Bolton this evening, have won only three of their nine home League fixtures and Moyes understands the reasons why fans have been staying away.
'I am a football supporter, first and foremost,' said Moyes. 'I know how it works. If I am winning games, supporters will turn up. I, as manager of Everton, have not won enough games this season for them to come.
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'I have not entertained them enough. We have not scored enough goals. I need to do that to get the supporters to fill Goodison. Over the years, in the main, we have done that. But the fans on the road have seen a few victories.'
Moyes has, at least, taken confidence from the way Everton have played in recent weeks and they extended their unbeaten run to four games at West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Day.
Victor Anichebe scored a late winner then but has developed into Everton's great enigma. He clearly has talent but has not always applied himself in the correct manner, and has also suffered some serious injuries. Moyes has challenged the Nigerian to show he can deliver on a regular basis.
'Victor has been useful to us,' said Moyes. 'I don't see us giving up on him and we are not going to do that. But he needs to give us something back now so we can keep believing in him and pushing him on.