DELIGHTED David Moyes watched his Everton side produce a dramatic injury-time comeback to move back into the top four and admitted: “We were due one.”
Moyes’s men were on the brink of an undeserved defeat after Clint Dempsey’s deflected 76th-minute strike gave Tottenham Hotspur the lead at Goodison yesterday.
But after Steven Pienaar struck in the 90th minute against his former club, Nikica Jelavic swept home the winner two minutes into stoppage time to propel Everton above their opponents back into the final Champions League qualification berth.
Everton have this season been guilty of conceding last-minute goals that cost victories against Newcastle United, Fulham and, most recently, Norwich City.
And Moyes said: “It is as good a finish as we've had. We've had a few like that where we've lost (a goal) and felt low so we were due one.
"I remember a season where we used to score late goals and win games 1-0 but recently it has not been the case.
"If Everton hadn't won we'd have been saying 'How not?' because we played terrifically well, especially in the first half with Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman.
"We just couldn't find the final pass or touch to finish it off and Tottenham got better in the 15 minutes after half-time, but I thought we had grown into it again when they scored.
"Our poorest period was in the last 10 minutes when we were changing players around and we had tried everything to get an opening, but they kept at it and we got it in the end.”
Of the winner, Moyes said: "Jelavic’s finish was great because he was alert and alive.
“He could have been still but he gambled on something maybe nicking through and to finish it first time was excellent.”