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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Everton and Moyes running out of options

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SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPBy James Illingworth

Sympathy for the plight of their rivals may be kept to an absolute minimum by the red and blue halves of Liverpool but even the staunchest of Kopites should spare a thought for David Moyes.

Having seen his side claim partial revenge for their 2009 FA Cup final defeat by knocking Chelsea out on penalties last month, Moyes could not prevent first division Reading ending Everton's cup run in the fifth round on Tuesday.

Forced to operate a sell-before-you-buy policy and with the club failing to attract investment, the 47-year-old Scot is beginning to cut an increasingly frustrated figure.

"We let the supporters down tonight, we didn't play well enough and we got what we deserved," Moyes told Everton's website. "We didn't have enough, enough craft, enough guile to break them down. I thought we did try to take the initiative but we weren't good enough."

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Ferguson spares Rooney but opens the door to more abuse

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Wayne Rooney has been taking, and largely ignoring, abuse from Everton supporters for six years but Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson decided on Saturday that a garnish of tabloid tittle-tattle on top the traditional "Judas" fare was too much.

"He gets terrible abuse here and I'm not going to subject him to that," Ferguson said when explaining his decision to leave the England striker out of the remarkable 3-3 draw. 

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Everton win saves panel from being banished to the stands

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Very few of our panel should be enjoying their English Bank Holiday Monday. Most must hang their heads in shame.

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal was an eventful game to say the least, with a penalty, bizarre own goal, a late strike disallowed for offside and Arsene Wenger harshly being sent to the stands where he didn't have a seat.

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