Moyes vows Everton will bounck back after exit

March 13, 2008

Everton manager David Moyes insists there will be no fall-out from the club's UEFA Cup exit.

He expects his side to bounce back on Sunday against Fulham and maintain their push for a Champions League place following the defeat by Fiorentina on penalties at Goodison Park.

Chasing a 2-0 deficit, goals from Andrew Johnson and Mikel Arteta brought them level on aggregate.

However, the Italians advanced to the quarter-finals 4-2 on penalties.

Ayegbeni Yakubu and Phil Jagielka both failed to convert their spot kicks, leaving Mario Santana to claim the spoils.

It was cruel on Everton who had dominated the game from the off and Moyes said: 'We will dust ourselves down and move on.

'We have nine Premier League games left and we can look forward in a positive frame of mind as we are playing well.'

Johnson opened the scoring in the 16th minute when goalkeeper Sebastien Frey made a mess of a cross from Steven Pienaar.

Frey then redeemed himself with a string of good saves before Arteta brought the teams level after 66 minutes with a stunning strike.

The Spanish midfielder latched on to a pass from Yakubu to rifle the ball home from 25 yards into the corner.

Everton kept up the pace and carved out a string of chances but Fiorentina held firm in front of a raucous home crowd before winning the shoot-out.

Moyes felt the game was there for the taking in normal time after his side had shown the kind of form that he seen them unbeaten in the last nine league games.

He said: 'I am disappointed we have not made it through. But it was some effort.

'Maybe it comes down to missed opportunities - we should have scored a third goal in the 90 minutes.

'We battered them. Their goalkeeper got lucky a couple of times and made some good saves.

'We did a lot more to them than they did to us in Florence.'

Fiorentina coach Cesar Prandelli thought his side had finished the stronger.

He said: 'I have to congratulate my team as it was a great achievement.

'I am very satisfied, especially the way we took our penalties, as it was a hard game.

'I thought my side was fresher towards the end of the match as Everton were pressing all the time.'