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Moyes blames attacking woes for sloppy start

David Moyes says a lack of cutting edge in attacking areas is the root cause of Everton's desperately poor start to the season.

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The Toffees currently sit second bottom of the Premier League after taking two points from five games and on Tuesday were knocked out of the Carling Cup on penalties by League One side Brentford.

Everton are suffering their worst start to a campaign for 16 years and Moyes has put the blame squarely at the feet of his misfiring players. Midfielder Tim Cahill is the club's top scorer with two goals this season, with Jermaine Beckford, Yakubu and Louis Saha yet to score in the Premier League.

"We've had a few games in the Premier League where we've not scored enough goals and Tuesday was the same," Moyes said. "Our performances have not been too bad but we just can't score.

"In the first 20 minutes at Brentford we probably should have been two or three up. We had so many opportunities but didn't take them and that gave them encouragement. You are always worried when you are not getting results and I've been worried for a long time."

Everton captain Phil Neville has also urged his team-mates to turn the club's form around. The Merseysiders were mooted as possible contenders for a European place at the start of the season but Neville says they must now focus on the immediate task at hand.

"Our present position suggests we've got to start being honest with one another," Neville said. "We're second bottom of the Premier League and out of a cup competition we should have been looking to win.

"Honesty has always been a trait of this team and of our manager. David Moyes always tells it as it is. The fans aren't happy after the home defeat by Newcastle and the loss to Brentford and we've got to take whatever's coming at us.

"Everyone says we've been playing well without winning. Well, forget all that rubbish now. Forget Champions League football and the Europa League. Realise where we are and focus on winning our next game at Fulham on Saturday. It's time to stand up and be counted."


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