DAVID Moyes said he felt “insulted” his side’s character was questioned before they staged their stunning fight back against Manchester United.
The Toffees showed impressive spirit to peg the title chasing Red Devils back to a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford yesterday, just eight days after they were beaten by rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final.
Moyes and his players had been criticised for their failure to rise to the occasion at Wembley, and the Blues boss was unhappy that some had written his team's season off.
“I am really disappointed people would question their character,” said Moyes.
“It is a bit insulting because I would hate to think people either wouldn’t understand me or the culture of Everton FC.
“At 4-2, did I think we were going to get back into it? I thought it would be very tough.
“But I felt we would definitely score one more goal, it was whether there would be enough time to get an equaliser.”
Moyes conceded his side enjoyed “a bit of luck” when Patrice Evra’s header came back off the post before the late drama.
However, the Toffees chief was making no apologies given he was already furious referee Mike Jones had not halted play in the build-up to United’s second goal for treatment to Steven Pienaar.
“I was moaning at the referee because he made a decision for them and didn’t equal it up for us,” he said.
“I couldn’t understand it. It was a hard day from that point of view.”
Moyes was delighted with the final outcome though, which keeps Everton on track to finish the season above Liverpool, in addition to providing an unexpected twist in the title battle.
“We have reminded people that we are still here,” said Moyes.
“We are not a bad team. Since January we have been a very good team.
“When you lose a semi-final against your local rivals it is tough to take.
“The message today was that we were going to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United.
“Only in the last minute were we hanging on a little bit.
“But how many teams are going to get back into it from a position like that at Manchester United?
“It will make next week’s game at Manchester City a bit more tidy.”