Moyes dismayed by Everton's Euro nightmare

Last updated at 09:01 16 September 2005

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Everton's worst defeat in Europe for 40 years left manager David Moyes in turmoil.

But he refused to accept that the club was in crisis after their sixth loss in seven games in the opening weeks of the season.

Referring to the chaos caused by Hurricane Katrina, he said: "A crisis is what is happening in New Orleans, not in football."

Nevertheless, the Scottish coach was crestfallen after his side collapsed spectacularly in the second half of their 5-1 UEFA Cup loss to Dinamo Bucharest.

The last time Everton received a similar walloping in Europe was in 1965 when they went down 3-0 to Ujpest Dosza of Hungary.

Former Preston boss Moyes said: "This is maybe my lowest ebb as a manager and as bad a night as I have had.

"But it is my responsibility to raise morale as that was my team out there.

"There will be no public condemnation of any of my players.

"Privately we will speak together and we will stick together.

"I have to look to see what I can do to make things better.

"Maybe we have to look at our fitness and see if it is okay, as we ran out of steam."

Despite early pressure, Everton went a goal down in the 27th minute after a swift counter attack.

'We have made a terrible start to the season and I have to do something about it'

Florentin Petre delivered the cross and Claudiu Niculescu bundled the ball home despite being under pressure from David Weir.

Everton were level three minutes later, though, when Joseph Yobo got on the end of an inswinging free-kick from Simon Davies for his first goal in 16 months.

That was as good as it got for Moyes' side.

The Romanians regained the lead in the 51st minute with a goal straight out of the top drawer.

Niculescu delivered a superb cross into the path of Ianis Zicu, who clipped a shot beyond Nigel Martyn.

Dinamo added a third in the 70th minute with a stunning strike from Petre out on the right.

This was becoming a rout and an embarrassment for Everton as they began to buckle under a wave of attacks.

Everton's problems increased in the 74th minute when Dinamo went 4-1 ahead. Again it was a spectacular goal, this time from sub Florin Bratu as he delivered an unstoppable shot beyond Martyn.

Sub Duncan Ferguson almost pulled one back only for Bratu to get a fifth for Dinamo on the stroke of full-time.

The second leg looks a formality in two weeks and that would see Everton exiting Europe before the month is out.

Moyes said: "It is too far away to be thinking about. We have more important games coming up before then.

"We can't kid ourselves. We have made a terrible start to the season and I have to do something about it."

Dinamo coach Ioan Andone said: "That was our best display in two and a half years.

"I feel very humble and privileged to have witnessed a performance like that."

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