I have to disagree mate. Even when we were winning trophies beating them (or at the very least getting right into them) was one of the fundamental tasks of playing for Everton. I cant remember - even under Moyes' time as a manager of Derbies - where we've gone into one so obviously bending the knee to get beheaded. It was criminal. I can understand the desire to get back to Wembley, but it just beggers belief that he felt a disastrous Derby performance prior to a QF match was a great way to prepare to get back there. It's like he handed over selection to Fred the doorman or one of the tea ladies. A staggering miscalculation.
Originally Posted by MoutsGoat
At least a Wembley SF match wouldn't hold a repeat performance on that score anyway. We can beat them, no question about it. We could and should have beaten them on paper for the last 5 or 6 seasons. We really do have (and still do) the better starting XI. But I have no faith that he'll choose the right approach to any such game, and even less faith he can adapt to that match as it unfolds.
Moyes is a very good manager for making sure effort is put in, so that extended bad runs are almost unthinkable at Everton now. That's been his strong suit and why he rightly receives praise. I just dont think he's an inspirational manager. He's an uncompromising manager but, sadly, that isn't always the same as an astute and successful one.