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By ESPN Staff
Sep 15, 2006

Everton boss Kenwright hails 'tremendous' Moyes

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has paid glowing tribute to Toffee's manager David Moyes following Everton's 3-0 demolition of Liverpool in last Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Everton are riding high in the Premiership after only dropping two points this season and recording their biggest derby win since 1964 - something Kenwright puts down to Moyle's influence over the side.

Kenwright said: 'He has done a fine job here, the summer signings have been top class and I have always known that if any manager was going to take Everton back to greatness it is David Moyes.'

'The fans here just love him. Towards the end of the Liverpool game it was real nail-biting stuff, but I turned around to look at the crowd and to a man they were on their feet supporting the side for all their worth and singing David's name for what seemed the last half hour.

'What he has done for this club is tremendous, and I appreciate it as much as the fans.'

Everton host Wigan at Goodison Park this Saturday and are aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five games. Wigan are yet to earn a point away from the JJB Stadium this season, and will be looking to rectify their disappointing away form.

Everton are set to name an unchanged starting 11 after their unbeaten start to the season. The Toffees' only new injury worry concerns James McFadden who is set to be out for a month after picking up a hamstring injury last week whilst representing Scotland in their 2-1 win Euro 2008 qualifying win away to Lithuania.

Ex-Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane should make his Wigan debut against his former club, and the Republic of Ireland international joked on the official Everton website that he is nervous about facing former team-mate Tony Hibbert in the midfield match-up; admitting: 'I've been on the end of enough of those tackles in training!'

Explaining his decision to move to Wigan, Kilbane said: 'I've come here to play regular football.

'Last season, certainly in the last couple of months of the season, I was in and out of the team and I think this move can hopefully invigorate me, help me get more football under my belt and hopefully help my international career as well'.

Wigan's other new signing Svetoslav Todorov may make his first start against Everton on Saturday should Henri Camara fail to pass a fitness test on his hamstring.

Wigan's only other injury concern, Lee McCulloch, is struggling with a knee injury.