Slow start costly for Everton

Everton manager David Moyes admitted his side had paid the price for a slow start as they lost 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 11/02/13 at 09:28 Post Comment

The runaway Premier League leaders went ahead through Ryan Giggs in the 13th minute and Robin van Persie added a crucial second shortly before the break.

Moyes said: "We didn't start the game very well and Manchester United were really good in the opening period.

"The goal just before half-time made it really difficult for us. But full credit to the lads; we stuck at it, kept going, never gave in and we are a bit disappointed we never got a goal in the game."

Moyes was forced to reshuffle his defence shortly before kick-off with the unwell Sylvain Distin replaced by Johnny Heitinga.

"It didn't help but I wouldn't want any excuses," said Moyes. "Johnny is an experienced player and he would have been delighted to play. That's the way it is and that's why you have got a squad of players and they have to be ready to play."

However, the Scot was unhappy with his side's defending for Van Persie's goal.

He said: "I can't understand why we were so high because we wouldn't work that way - we don't coach that way.

"I thought we had been having a really good passage of play without really creating an awful lot. But I have no idea how we got ourselves so high up and square at the back and obviously we gave them an opportunity to run through or pass through us."

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