A DISCIPLINARIAN like David Moyes would not normally condone his players gathering around at Finch Farm to watch a Blue Movie.
But last week the Everton boss actively encouraged his charges to take their seats for a special showing of a film which ensured their mood was dramatically altered.
It wasn’t anything x-rated however, but rather a specially prepared series of clips showing the best of the team’s free-flowing, finesse-filled football so far this season.
The Toffees boss had prepared the montage of footage to help lift sagging morale in the camp after the previous weekend’s disastrous FA Cup quarter-final exit against Wigan.
That was a game during which nothing went right, and just under three and a half nightmarish minutes had a devastating effect.
The criticism of his team in the aftermath was varied and stinging, so Moyes wanted to remind his players that they are a lot better than that terrible afternoon suggested.
Everton’s manager had been insistent when questioned before the Manchester City game that his team’s stylish football at times this season should not be overlooked, and his canny psychological ploy reaped dividends.