Sunday 23 September 2012

Swansea City 0-3 Everton: Blues punish ten-man Swans

Merseyside club's good start to the Barclays Premier League season continues at Liberty Stadium

  • Kevin Mirallas celebrates after scoring Everton's second goal against Swansea City

Swansea City 0-3 Everton

Everton manager David Moyes praised his side after their good start to the Barclays Premier League season continued with a 3-0 victory away to Swansea City.

Marouane Fellaini set up Victor Anichebe's opening goal in the first half before further strikes from Kevin Mirallas and Fellaini put the seal on an impressive away win that was eased by Nathan Dyer’s red card 12 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

Everton were held to a 2-2 on Monday by Newcastle United after Everton had twice led at Goodison Park so Moyes was pleased that his side’s performance was rewarded with three points this time.

"We could have scored probably six or seven goals," Moyes said. "But they had probably three or four good opportunities. Our goalkeeper thankfully made a couple of really good saves as well.

"The performance was fabulous. The players are playing really well, they're playing with a lot of confidence and self-belief.

"If we had won midweek against Newcastle, as we should have done, we could have been mixing it with the big boys, which we are still doing and we want to be doing at the end of the season.

"We have finished a lot of seasons strongly and the one year we got off to a good start we qualified for the Champions League and we have to do that if we can.

"We will probably finish where most people would predict and we will try and do that and we will do better if we can."

Moyes also praised the performance of Anichebe, as the striker found the net for the second successive game and turned in a powerful display in place of the injured Nikica Jelavic.

"He did OK against Newcastle as well and did not get the credit he deserved for his goal," Moyes said. “We are playing with confidence and he is contributing well.

"He does not possess an awful lot of self-confidence but if he gets that and has a bit of belief he is a handful for defenders as he has a lot of attributes that are difficult to deal with in the modern game."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup declared his side’s display the worst since he took over in the summer.

"Everton deserved the win, they were better than us,” the Dane said. "We were disappointing in the first 30 minutes and we gave away a lot of fouls, they had five or six free-kicks in the first 10 minutes and we played too slow and the first 30 minutes laid the ground work for the defeat.

"We can learn from this. We were 2-0 down and had a good reaction, but the first 30 minutes was very disappointing, the worst we have been this season until now."

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