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Everton boss Moyes in robust defence of the...defender!

Everton boss David Moyes fears defending is a dying art in England after the new Premier League season got off to a goal-laden start with a remarkable 38 scored in last weekend's second round of matches. It has made for exciting viewing but Moyes, a defender in his playing days with Dunfermline and Preston, is not about to abandon his pragmatic approach.

The Scot said: "I think the defending probably is getting a bit poorer at times.

"Defending is an art we are getting away from a bit. It is something we need to get back to because you build yourselves on teams who don't concede goals.

"I would prefer a 1-0, as a coach that's what you do.

"But I think football in Britain is changing as a whole. There is a different style, a more European style to the games being played.

"There is not as much crash, bang, wallop because I think with the European players and coaches coming into the teams, there is a change.

"There will always be an ingrained hard-working, industrial British style but I see a bit of change."

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