Moyes credits Cup win to Sunderland police!
Published 22:56 27/03/12 By David Anderson
David Moyes last night thanked the Sunderland police for helping Everton set up an all-Merseyside FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley.
Everton only arrived 45 minutes before kick-off at the Stadium of Light and Moyes blamed the police escort from their hotel in Durham.
Moyes suspects their late arrival was no accident and claims it inspired his players to dominate the quarter-final replay against Sunderland.
"The Sunderland police bolstered us with the way they performed before the game and that gave us a wee edge," said the Everton boss.
"They never got us here on time and I hear that's quite regular up here."
Moyes immediately installed Liverpool as favourites in the first all-Merseyside day out at Wembley since the 1989 Final.
"Liverpool will be favourites and they have beaten us twice this season haven't they?" he said.
"They will have to go into the game as favourites, but we will go there and play.
"It's great to get to the semi-finals and it was a great performance by the players. They played really well and they had to come here and beat an in-form Sunderland team."
Moyes refused to get carried away and says Everton's proud history is built on winning trophies rather than just getting to semi-finals.
"The thing about Everton is they have a history of getting to finals and winning things," he said. "I have not been to as many as I would like, but I like to think there are mitigating circumstances.
"But Everton is used to this and this is not a strange place for them."
The visitors could really have won far more comfortably on a night when they failed to make the most of the chances they created, but were not made to pay for it.
Moyes said: "If we hadn't won tonight, there would have been something not right.
"We created a lot of chances and we actually didn't finish the game off at times."