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David Moyes picture Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, Sara Beverly Jones Tony Bellew fight Liverpool Echo Arena

Moyes eyes a couple of strikers! Everton boss poses with blonde beauties before Bellew's bout

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

02:55 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

03:01 GMT, 31 March 2013

David Moyes was grinning like a Cheshire cat on Saturday – and for good reason.

After watching Everton see off Stoke thanks to Kevin Mirallas' splendid strike at Goodison Park, the 49-year-old Scot proved he's still got it, sandwiching himself between a couple of glamour girls at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Moyes was there to support Toffees fan Tony Bellew in his bout against Isaac Chilemba – which ended in a draw – but he got a little more than he bargained for in his ringside seat.

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Everton skipper Phil Neville was quick to tweet the picture, saying: “Moyes at the boxing, go on son! That's how your Boss rolls” is he in bellews corner'

Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, pictured left in the picture, remarked on the social network site: 'howlin that I was sittin next to David Moyes ringside n got a pic on his knee with my @SaraBeverley #LEG'

Her pal Sara Beverly Jones – an actress, presenter and promotional model – added: 'Me and @misshannahelizx on David moyes knee! Ha my face! … Add your own caption.'

In this case, we think a picture tells a thousand words…

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: match report – Javier Hernandez and Nani score

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: Clinical Nani and Hernandez see off brave Royals

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21:56 GMT, 18 February 2013

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22:00 GMT, 18 February 2013

Manchester United were made to sweat after Jobi McAnuff scored a late Reading goal after the hosts had gone two goals up.

After relentless pressure, Sir Alex Ferguson's men finally scored on 69 minutes when Nani struck from an Antonio Valencia pass.

Javier Hernandez scored United's second just three minutes after the opener, but McAnuff coolly slotted past David de Gea to make things interesting for the final ten minutes.

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones (Nani 42), Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson (Carrick 84), Young (Van Persie 64), Cleverley, Hernandez, Welbeck

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Kagawa

Goals: Nani 69, Hernandez 72

Reading: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly, Karacan, Leigertwood (Guthrie 63), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary (Robson-Kanu 70)

Subs not used: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Daniel Carrico, Pogrebnyak

Goal: McAnuff 81

Referee: Andre Marriner

More to follow…

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

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Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

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Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

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Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Phil Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Raymond van Barneveld

I reacted disgracefully! Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Barney

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11:42 GMT, 31 December 2012

Phil Taylor apologised for his ‘disgraceful’ behaviour after beating Raymond van Barneveld in the World Championship semi-final on Sunday.

‘The Power’, who will play Michael van Gerwen in the final, clashed with Barney after his 6-4 win at Alexandra Palace and the pair had to be separated by security guards.

‘I reacted disgracefully and I feel terrible,’ Taylor told Sky Sports.

‘I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond but he hurt me a little bit, that was all it was.

‘It was spur of the moment.’

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Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Taylor and Van Barneveld clash

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Match report

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Osman and Jagielka keep Toffees on track as captain Neville reaches 500 not out

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17:17 GMT, 26 December 2012

Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka made sure Everton captain Phil Neville enjoyed his 500th Premier League game.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Osman fired home, with the help of a deflection, early in the second half and Jagielka looked to have put the result beyond doubt with a header after being set up by Neville.

Arouna Kone set up a frantic finish when he cut the deficit in half but the hosts held on to stay in fourth place in the table – for a few hours at least.

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

It's there: Osman's opener for the Toffees at Goodison Park
MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin (Heitinga 70), Baines, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson (Naismith) 46), Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe (Oviedo 70).

Subs not used: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Goals: Osman 52, Jagielka 77

Booked: Jelavic

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam (Gomez 79), McCarthy, Jones (Di Santo 72), McArthur, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone.

Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Ramis, Golobart.

Goal: Kone 82

Booked: Beausejour, Figueroa, Caldwell

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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A large group of Wigan fans came in banana costume, in keeping with their town's Boxing Day tradition of fancy dress.

But the party will be limited to town centre revellers after a sixth game for the Latics passed without a win.

The visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Shaun Maloney went down in a challenge from Osman but referee Lee Mason was not convinced.

Everton, who will now hope to push on and mount a strong top-four challenge, also had some good chances, not least when Thomas Hitzlsperger hit the bar. Everton almost made the perfect start as Nikica Jelavic laid off a Darron Gibson cross and Victor Anichebe flashed a shot wide with just 13 seconds on the clock.

Wigan also wanted to attack and a good Jean Beausejour cross aimed at Kone was clutched by Tim Howard at the second attempt.

The influential James McCarthy also had a powerful effort from outside the area blocked.

Leighton Baines created a chance for Everton when he skipped over a challenge from Ronnie Stam to supply Steven Pienaar and Ali Al Habsi did well to turn his shot around the post.

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Anichebe headed wide from a Hitzlsperger cross but Wigan began to assert themselves in the game more as McCarthy and James McArthur drove forward.

Kone and Maloney linked up well outside the area but attempted one pass too many and a promising attack broke down.

Maloney tried his luck from a free-kick after McCarthy was tripped by Gibson – who was free to play after appealing against his red card at West Ham last weekend – but Howard parried and then gathered.

Howard was in action again as Stam struck a low shot from 20 yards but saved comfortably.

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

Everton applied some pressure by winning a series of corners in quick succession and felt they should have had penalties at two of them.

Anichebe first claimed he was being held back by Beausejour and then there was an appeal for handball against Maloney but referee Mason gave nothing.

The first half came to a tame end but Everton returned with renewed vigour after the break and were soon rewarded.

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Wigan were given a warning when Hitzlsperger struck a thunderous long-range effort against the bar and then Osman dribbled his way through the area only to fail to test Al Habsi.

Osman got lucky when he next aimed for goal after 52 minutes, his shot from just outside the area striking Caldwell's arm and wrong-footing the unfortunate Al Habsi.

There was controversy as Wigan tried to respond as Maloney went to ground in the area in a challenge from Osman.

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Latics were incensed not to be awarded a penalty and Beausejour was booked for his protest but replays suggested Maloney may have already been going down before the contact.

Kone had a good opportunity from six yards after Maloney whipped in a good ball from the right but Neville made a vital block at point-blank range.

It was a miss the visitors were to rue as Everton grabbed a decisive second 13 minutes from time.

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Neville was on hand to receive a short corner from substitute Bryan Oviedo and marked his landmark appearance by sending in an inch-perfect cross for Jagielka, who powered in a header off the bar.

But Wigan, as ever, fought on and gave themselves late hope when Kone bundled the ball in at close range after Jagielka and Baines failed to clear from a Maloney shot.

The visitors applied more pressure as time ran out but were unable to find a way through stubborn Everton defending.

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Fears continue over Salford"s future after club cancel friendly with Leigh

Fears continue over Salford's future after club cancel winter friendly with Leigh

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16:29 GMT, 21 December 2012

Salford have called off their festive friendly against Leigh amid continuing uncertainty over the club's future.

The City Reds, who are due in court on January 7 to face a winding-up petition, say they are unable to raise a team for the friendly, which was due to take place at the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, December 30.

Reds coach Phil Veivers, who has been able to make just one new signing so far for Super League XVIII, said: 'It's unfortunate but we had to make the right call.

Game over: The clash at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium has been called off

Game over: The clash at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium has been called off

'We have a few too many knocks and niggles this week and, as everybody knows we are a bit light on personnel at the moment anyway with the current situation.

'We felt it was better to give the boys an extended break over Christmas and prepare ourselves fully for the Swinton game on January 6.'

Salford's bank account remains frozen and recruitment hinges on new investment in the club taking place.

The club, who are faced with a tax bill in the region of 50,000, need to find around 600,000 in the next six weeks to pay off their debts.

Everton 1 Norwich 1: match report

Everton 1 Norwich 1: Bassong salvages draw in final moments to scupper Toffees win

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17:27 GMT, 24 November 2012

Sebastien Bassong headed a last-gasp equaliser as Norwich snatched a point from a bruising Barclays Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.

Everton had started superbly and deservedly led when Steven Naismith swept in from close range after 12 minutes.

But the Toffees' top-four hopes were again undermined as they switched off at a late free-kick and Bassong headed past Howard at the far post in the final minute.

Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw

Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic, Naismith (Vellios 90)

Subs not used: Mucha, Hibbert, Duffy, Barkley, Kennedy, Gueye

Goal: Naismith 12

Norwich City: Ruddy (Bunn 82), Whittaker, Bassong, Garrido, R Bennett, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Morison 75), Tettey, Snodgrass (Jackson 89), Holt

Subs not used: Barnett, Tierney, Howson, E Bennett

Booked: Johnson, Garrido, Tettey

Goal: Bassong 90

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 34,502

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It was a fifth draw in seven games for
David Moyes' side but another encouraging result for Norwich after last
week's defeat of Manchester United.

After their frustrating recent results, Everton had appeared to mean business from the outset.

Just two minutes had gone when
Naismith played in Leon Osman and the recently-capped England midfielder
curled an effort narrowly wide of former Everton goalkeeper John
Ruddy's post.

Phil Jagielka, captain in the absence
of Phil Neville and playing right-back with Seamus Coleman also out,
flicked in an excellent cross but Nikica Jelavic could not direct a
header on target.

Everton's early superiority was rewarded when Naismith emphatically finished off a slick move.

Bryan Oviedo burst down the left after
being picked out by a fine ball from Thomas Hitzlsperger and Naismith
crashed his low ball into the roof of the net from six yards.

Everton could have doubled their lead
as Steven Pienaar, apparently on the right but roving across the field,
linked well with Hitzlsperger and Leighton Baines.

What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten

What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten

In it goes: John Ruddy is no way near Naismith's shot as it flies in

In it goes: John Ruddy is no way near Naismith's shot as it flies in

Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd

Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd

Baines powered into the box and tested
Ruddy with a fierce shot which he could only parry into Osman's path,
but the follow-up attempt went over.

Everton appealed for a penalty when Alexander Tettey slid in on Naismith but referee Mike Jones showed little interest.

Norwich looked to inspirational
forward Grant Holt to drag them back into the game and the Canaries
captain was caught offside a couple of times as they attempted to play
him through.

That might have served as a warning
and the Toffees had a let-off when Holt powered through challenges from
central defenders John Heitinga and Sylvain Distin, only to slice his
shot wide.

Everton responded as Osman clipped an
effort straight at Ruddy and the keeper also did well to smother the
ball as Naismith threatened again.

Another chance opened up for Osman as the first half drew to a close but again could only shoot at Ruddy.

Norwich ended the half much better
than they started it and had another chance when Bassong won a header at
a corner but his effort was well wide.

The second half took some while to get
going and it was a good 10 minutes before Everton produced a move of
note, and then Naismith strayed offside.

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

Norwich got an opportunity from a
set-piece after a foul by Heitinga and Anthony Pilkington curled a good
effort over the wall but Howard saved comfortably enough.

Distin, still forward after a
free-kick, had a chance for Everton as Hitzlsperger delivered a deep
ball into the box but his header did not trouble Ruddy.

Everton were annoyed when Jelavic's shot from a corner appeared to be deflected behind but Jones awarded Norwich a goalkick.

Norwich went close to an equaliser as
Wes Hoolahan put Robert Snodgrass through on goal but his shot beyond
Howard was hooked off the line by the backtracking Heitinga.

Ruddy saved well to deny Baines a
second Everton goal after the Toffees left-back had charged into the
area and let fly with a fierce shot.

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Naismith then slipped in Osman but he
got caught in two minds between crossing and shooting and dragged the
ball across goal and wide.

Norwich then suffered a blow eight
minutes from time as Ruddy was forced off with an injury and manager
Chris Hughton needed to turn to substitute keeper Mark Bunn.

Dead-ball specialist Baines may have
fancied his chances of killing Norwich off as he lined up a free-kick on
the right with three minutes remaining.

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Tettey blocked but was booked for encroaching and Baines fired a second attempt narrowly over.

Everton paid for their missed chances
as the Canaries snatched an equaliser just as the fourth official held
up his board to indicate four minutes of stoppage time.

Javier Garrido curled in a free-kick
from the right which dipped over several heads before landing perfectly
for Bassong to power a header on target.

Howard, who might also have done better for the cross, failed to get his body in the way and Norwich held on to claim a point.

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

Bolton 2 Leeds United 2

Bolton 2 Leeds United 2: Evergreen Davies rescues point for under-fire boss Coyle

By
Dominic King

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21:21 GMT, 2 October 2012

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22:33 GMT, 2 October 2012

The welcomed back a cult figure but, in the end, they were indebted to an old hero.

Bolton fans may have enjoyed seeing El Hadji Diouf return on Tuesday night but, ultimately, they were more grateful for Kevin Davies.

Having spent four years with Bolton, the controversial Senegal forward was made Leeds captain for the trip to the Reebok and, for much of a frantic game, it looked an inspired choice as he created one goal for Sam Byram and started the move that ended with Luciano Becchio converting a penalty.

Main man: Kevin Davies scored twice to earn Bolton a draw against Leeds

Main man: Kevin Davies scored twice to earn Bolton a draw against Leeds

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Mark Davies, Andrews, Spearing (Petrov 62), Eagles, Kevin Davies, Afobe (Sordell 72).

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Pratley, Lee.

Booked: Kevin Davies, Spearing.

Goals: Kevin Davies 14, 79.

Leeds: Kenny, Lees, Pearce, Peltier, Drury, Byram, Austin, Brown, Tonge,
Diouf, Becchio.

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Varney, White, Norris, Gray, Thompson, Poleon.

Booked: Peltier, Brown.

Goals: Byram 44, Becchio 50 pen.

Att: 21,255

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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Much to Owen Coyle’s relief, though,
Davies came up trumps when it mattered, scoring two trademark headers to
secure a 2-2 draw to alleviate the pressure that has been building on
his manager. Davies may now be 34 but age is not diminishing his
effectiveness.

‘The skipper epitomised everything about this football club,’ said Coyle.

‘We are disappointed not to take all three points but there was a lot to be positive about. If we keep working hard, we will come through the other side smiling. We just need to keep banging on that door.’

Had the game ended with Diouf inspiring a win, Coyle would have banging his head against a brick wall. He lamented two penalty decisions – one which was not awarded to his side, the other which was given to Leeds – but, more than anything, was left cursing Bolton’s inability to kill off opponents.

‘The level of our play at times was outstanding, probably the best it has been all season,’ said Coyle.

Leveller: Davies heads home his and Bolton's second against Leeds

Leveller: Davies heads home his and Bolton's second against Leeds

Early on it was difficult to argue with the Scot. Bolton outplayed Leeds in the opening stages and quickly made their mark. Chris Eagles was the first to test Paddy Kenny with a shot that was beaten away after 12 minutes but they didn’t have long to wait to poke their noses in front.

In keeping with the way he had started, Eagles was the provider. His wicked corner on 14 minutes picked out Bolton’s club captain in the six yard box and the former England international made no mistake when flashing a header past Kenny.

Leeds found trouble containing the home side and Bolton could easily have been double their advantage in the moments that followed as first Keith Andrews tested Kenny before Eagles smashed a searing drive off the right-hand post from 20 yards.

In front: Leeds looked to be on course for three points until Davies struck

In front: Leeds looked to be on course for three points until Davies struck

Bolton, though, lost their rhythm as the contest became tetchy and attritional with referee Phil Dowd regularly blowing regularly for fouls; the last one he awarded before the break had huge ramifications as Diouf’s set piece was converted by Byram.

That gave Leeds all the impetus they needed and their fine start to the second period was rewarded when Becchio coolly dispatched a penalty after Bolton defender Stephen Warnock had tugged down Byram.

It was the fourth consecutive spot kick Coyle’s team had conceded but, fortunately for him, Davies came good at the death to bullet in a header from substitute Martin Petrov’s corner.

‘’It’s not often you come to Bolton and feel disappointed with a draw,’ said Warnock. ‘It was probably my fault we conceded. I told Rodolph Austin to mark Kevin Davies. He was the wrong man to do it.’

David Moyes frustrated by slow start

Moyes rues missed opportunity as Everton boss says 'terrible' start cost Toffees

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23:28 GMT, 25 September 2012

A poor start and not a much-changed side cost Everton the chance of progression in the Capital One Cup at Leeds on Tuesday, according to manager David Moyes.

The Premier League's third-placed side arrived in West Yorkshire as one of the favourites to lift the trophy, but left a rain-sodden Elland Road with a 2-1 third-round defeat after having their noses bloodied by the Championship battlers.

Moyes made six alterations to the team which won convincingly at Swansea on Saturday, giving breathers to the likes of Leighton Baines, Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka, but his starting line-up still featured the likes of Sylvain Distin, Marouane Fellaini and Steven Naismith.

Frustrating: David Moyes was unhappy with the way his side started the game

Frustrating: David Moyes was unhappy with the way his side started the game

But the Toffees, be it before or after Nikica Jelavic, Phil Neville and Steven Pienaar were thrown on as part of an unsuccessful rescue mission, were never able to settle on the ball as Aidy White gave Leeds a fourth-minute lead and the excellent Rodolph Austin doubled it with 20 minutes left.

Distin would reduce the deficit with a header but Everton had left themselves with too big a mountain to climb, something Moyes was quick to acknowledge.

'We were not very good in the first half, but we got better in the second, but not as good as we've been playing,' he said.

'We started terribly, gave them the initiative and lost the game in the opening 20 minutes due to the way we started.

'We gave away a really poor first goal and left ourselves trying to get back into the game.'

On whether or not his decision to rest some players was key, he added: 'These boys are in the squad and have to be able to show they can come in and play.

'If you don't use them, what's the point in having them The players want to play and be involved.'

Moyes' assistant Steve Round spoke before the game of the club's desire to eventually lift this competition which, despite their Premier League form, is widely viewed as their best chance of silverware.

That has now passed for another season at least, leaving Moyes to rue a missed opportunity.

'It's a chance if you get good draws and you play well,' he said.

Flare up: Everton players were unable to get into the game after going down early on

Flare up: Everton players were unable to get into the game after going down early on

'If you get difficult draws it makes it harder and so does not playing well. We had a combination of that.'

While Moyes headed back to Merseyside to plan for a pick-me-up meeting with Southampton, opposite number Neil Warnock showered in what he called his 'best-ever cup win'.

Such praise was rich from a man who took an unfancied Sheffield United side to the semi-finals of both domestic competitions a decade ago, but he claims that owing to the injury crisis that is currently sweeping his already-thin squad, this victory was sweeter.

'I think that's as good a performance as I've ever had in the cup, because of of the circumstances,' he said.

'They had a strong team, they're nearly top of the Premier League and they wanted to win. But we were better on the night.

'We deserved the win. They did have a few chances and we did too.

'It was like going back in time tonight, with the weather chucking it down, the fans singing, the officials were great, everything was.'

Tough break: Victor Anichebe could not turn his impressive Premier League form to the Capital One Cup

Tough break: Victor Anichebe could not turn his impressive Premier League form to the Capital One Cup

Like Moyes, Warnock also tinkered with his line-up, throwing in transfer-listed Danny Pugh and the sparsely-used Jamie Ashdown and Michael Brown on a night when he needed all his players to be at the top of their game.

'It had everything, Warnock added.

'We had our centre-halves in bandage and covered in blood and we had the likes of Browny, Pugh and Ashdown.

'They've hardly played but they fitted in lovely. I'm pleased for them all. There was no weakness because if there had have been, we wouldn't have won.'

Rory McIlroy on course to win FedEx Cup bonus as Tiger Woods falters

Over to you, Rory! Woods hands McIlroy initiative as battle for $10m FedEx Cup bonus nears end

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10:31 GMT, 22 September 2012

He has no car and might shortly have no house but hey, it’s not all bad news.

The best known nomad in sport, Rory McIlroy, is now the favourite once more to collect the $10million FedEx Cup bonus cheque.

McIlroy has put his house on the market back home in Northern Ireland for no more sinister reason than what’s the point of owning a 2million mansion with its own practice facilities if you’re never there.

On course: Rory McIlroy could win a $10million dollar bonus over the weekend

On course: Rory McIlroy could win a $10million dollar bonus over the weekend

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‘I’ll stay with my parents when I go
home and as I won’t get there for a while, they’ve got a good chance to
do some decorating and make it nice,’ he said, cheekily.

Friday was a good day for the 23 year
old. Not only did he move two clear of his main rival for the
$10million, Tiger Woods, who played poorly, he drew rave reviews for his
short game from the maestro in that department, Phil Mickelson.

‘Twice in the first four holes he
described a couple of my recovery shots as awesome and that’s high
praise indeed given how good he is at flop shots and out of bunkers,’
said McIlroy.

Both strokes, mind, were fully
deserving of the extravagant description. The first, at the opening hole
was a 30 yard bunker shot where he judged the pace and slope to
perfection to leave the ball tap-in distance from the hole.

Slipping away Tiger Woods has handed control back to McIlroy

Slipping away Tiger Woods has handed control back to McIlroy

In-form man: Jim Furyk shot seven under par in Atlanta

In-form man: Jim Furyk shot seven under par in Atlanta

The next one, at the fourth was even
better. From behind the green McIlroy made a full swing at a flop shot
in the manner of a Mickelson and threw the ball high in the air. It
landed like a butterfly and he rolled in the ensuing 6ft putt for a
miraculous saving par.

The other highlight of his round came
at the par five 15th where he hit the green in two and rolled in a 25ft
eagle putt. It all added up to a 68 that leaves him in joint seventh
place at the halfway stage.

‘I feel like I am exactly where I need to be going into the weekend,’ he said.

McIlroy lies four strokes behind the
leader Jim Furyk with Justin Rose a shot adrift. Both will like their
position when it comes to winning the tasty $1.44million first prize
that goes to the winner of the final FedEx event, the Tour Championship.

But neither can take the $10 million off McIlroy if he stays where he is right now.

McIlroy would have to finish worse than 13th for Furyk to have a chance, for example.

As for the main danger, Tiger Woods
went backwards in a hurry. Never mind him being intimidated by Rory.
These days he only seems to play his best golf when partnering McIlroy.

He began three shots ahead of his
young rival and now he is playing catch-up. At one point they were
exactly level on FedEx points.

Tough day: Woods hit some splendid shots but then fluffed his lines on other holes

Tough day: Woods hit some splendid shots but then fluffed his lines on other holes

If that happened on Sunday, they’d
have a sudden death play-off, with $7million on the line since second
place in the FedEx is worth $3million.

McIIroy whistled when I mentioned the
possibility. ‘I don’t know how I’d feel but I’d certainly take that
position,’ he said. ‘The bottom line is still nice, isn’t it’

There won’t be any chance of a
play-off if Woods continues to play like he did on Friday. This was
certainly a world away from the control and purpose he showed in the
opening round as he tumbled to a score fully seven shots worse than the
first day.

‘It was just a struggle from first to last,’ he conceded.

Woods’ playing partner Rose also looked as if he was in for a day of toil as he reached the turn in a mediocre 36 strokes.

But the Englishman dug in, making
four birdies on the back nine to salvage his day. None was better than
the two he made at the treacherous par three 18th, where his long iron
pitched just over the bunker at the front of the green and finished 5ft
from the hole.

The 32 year old rolled that one in to close with a 68.

‘Playing with Tiger was a great practice round for the Ryder Cup given they were mostly rooting for him,’ said Rose.

Midas touch: McIlroy has his eyes on the gigantic $10million prize

Midas touch: McIlroy has his eyes on the gigantic $10million prize

‘It was a great lesson for me to
stay in the moment and play my shots, and while it wasn’t pretty golf by
any means, I felt like I did that well.’

Furyk was a controversial wild card
pick for next week’s Ryder Cup as far as a lot of American commentators
were concerned, but this fine round of 64 must have made him feel an
awful lot better.

He gave a brilliant answer when asked
whether he felt he had proved a point. ‘I don’t really read much golf, I
have to tell you,’ he said.

‘I’ve always felt you’re going to
say something nice about me and I probably don’t need to read that. Or
you’re going to say something bad about me and I definitely don’t want
to read about that.

'What matters is that my captain Davis
Love asked all my team mates who they would pick and they also chose
me, so I’m humbled and honoured and looking forward to Medinah.’

The feeling that this is going to be
one of the great Ryder Cups was only emphasised by a leaderboard packed
with those who will also be in Chicago.

No fewer than nine competitors who will represent either Europe or the U.S are positioned in the top 12.

It promises to be some weekend, both this week and next.

Wigan baffled by Phil Dowd appointment for Manchester United clash

Wigan given ref ride as Dowd appointed for Man United clash

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22:08 GMT, 14 September 2012

Wigan are baffled by Phil Dowd's appointment as fourth official at Manchester United on Saturday.

Dowd's last two matches in charge of Wigan have both been against United – in the first he sent off a Wigan player and in the second he ruled out a seemingly legitimate goal.

Controversy: Referee Phil Dowd

Controversy: Referee Phil Dowd