high praise for everton heroes

Everton boss David Moyes lavished praise on his players after they won an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Liverpool after extra time on Wednesday night.

Everton boss David Moyes lavished praise on his players after they won an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Liverpool after extra time on Wednesday night.

Teenager Dan Gosling scored the winner two minutes from the end to set up a fifth-round home tie with Aston Villa.

Moyes said: "It was a deserved win. It is Everton's night tonight.

"It's obviously great for young Dan to get the winner, but they are all great lads and I'm delighted for them."

He paid tribute to teenage duo Gosling and 17-year-old Jack Rodwell, who also excelled after coming on as a substitute.

"I was delighted with the two youngsters, Gosling and Rodwell, to come on in such an important cup tie and play as well as that," said Moyes.

Meanwhile ITV apologised yesterday after millions of viewers missed the winning goal in Everton's victory because the network had switched to an ad break.

While viewers watched ads for Tic Tac mints and Volkswagen cars, 19-year-old Gosling was scoring a dramatic 118th-minute goal Wednesday night to put Everton into the fifth round.

By the time the network switched back to the game, Everton's players were celebrating.

"If you missed the goal we apologise," match commentator Steve Ryder told the audience. "It was because of technical problems we had at that time."

ITV executive chairman Michael Grade issued a statement yesterday apologising for the "unprecedented technical error".

"We have years of experience in dealing with the changes in ad break patterns when games go into extra time and sometimes penalties," he said.

"Last night's glitch was inexcusable and we are awaiting the results of our technical inquiry so we can put in place stringent and immediate procedures to address this." - BBC and Sapa-AP

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