Moyes says Barkley's persistence was pivotal in Everton FA Cup win

David Moyes

David Moyes feel that the persistence of Ross Barkley proved to be the difference as Everton beat Bournemouth in the FA Cup fifth round.


David Moyes has told BBC Sport that the impact of Ross Barkley proved to be the difference as Everton recorded a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in the FA Cup.


Barkley netted Everton's opening goal before Romelu Lukaku sealed the win during the closing stages to help the Merseyside outfit move through to the last eight of the competition.


Goalkeeper Joel Robles had kept Everton on level terms by saving Charlie Daniels's penalty in the first half, but former Toffees boss Moyes feels that Barkley's influence was the telling factor.


Moyes said on BBC's live coverage, broadcast on Saturday, February 20 at 4.55pm: "I thought Barkley had a couple of shots in the first half, one over the bar and one into the keeper's hands, but he kept taking a go at it and next time, it takes a deflection and loops in and I think that changed the game at that time. For me, on the night, Everton deserved to win the game."


Last season, Barkley was often criticised for his distribution and decision-making, but throughout this campaign, he has contributed goals and assists on a regular basis.


The 22-year-old's goal on the South Coast was his 12th goal for Everton in all competitions this season, while he also netted twice for the England national side as they secured qualification for Euro 2016.


Everton don't return to action until March 1 when they travel to the West Midlands to face Aston Villa.

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