DAVID MOYES has highlighted the reverse of tonight’s fixture against Southampton earlier this season as the point he became convinced his team were ready to turn on the style this season.
Two goals by Nikica Jelavic continued Everton's flying start back in September, as the Toffees came from behind against the newly-promoted Saints to secure a fourth win in six league games.
Everton have since gone on to show that start to the campaign was no flash in the pan, and Moyes hopes his side can continue to prove their consistency tonight as they bid to stay on the heels of fourth-placed Spurs.
"We’d probably kicked on from the few results we had at the start against Manchester United and then Swansea and Aston Villa," says Moyes reflecting on that early season win. "Sometimes you can put that down to just a flurry at the start but by Southampton we realised we were playing really well.
"We were a bit fortunate because we went 1-0 down and they had a great chance to make it 2-0 at one point but after that we took over and scored the goals. I’ve been excited from the start of the season that the team’s got a really good chance."
The Blues boss knows the return to fitness of game-changing attacker Kevin Mirallas will hep his side recapture the full extent of their attacking verve.
He added: "Undoubtedly we’ve missed Kevin to give us another edge. It might be we’ve not really flowed attacking wise as I would have liked. It’s shown in one or two results. We’ve missed him for too long. He’s probably missed the bulk of it, 10 or 12 weeks. He was a big part of it in that early part of the season when we were at our best. He’s coming on. He’s getting close. He had a hamstring and I didn’t think it was that bad but because it reoccurred we had to give him the chance to get it right. He’s doing a bit of training and hopefully he’ll be ready when he’s ready."