LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: New Everton signing Kevin Mirallas waves to the fans prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on August 20, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
In case you missed it last week, this is our new feature in which we gather all of the week's key quotes from Everton players, coaches, and opponents. We hope to make this your convenient, one-stop location for all the talk coming from in and around the club. Enjoy!
Kevin Mirallas, Everton midfielder
* from the Liverpool Echo
(on how his new team is playing at the moment) "It’s great to come into a side that is in form. The team is playing very good football at the moment, and that reinforces the decision that I made to come here. I knew I was coming to a great club, and the fact that we are playing so well at the moment is great."
(on his debut) "It was a fantastic moment to come on. Being 3-0 up meant that I could go on, not totally relaxed but a bit more so than I would normally be. My teammates didn’t stop speaking to me out there on the pitch. They were talking to me all the time and helping me out which was great."
David Moyes, Everton manager
* from the Liverpool Echo
(on keeping things in perspective) "When I got the fixtures, home to Manchester Utd and away to Villa, I thought it was a real tough start. The fixtures can sometimes dictate how you start but thankfully we’ve had a couple of really good wins. It’s been a good start but you don’t get carried away."
(on the impact of Steven Pienaar) "Getting Steven back was massive with the way he had played for us at the end of last season when on loan. He was the key to a lot of the things we did, the players enjoyed playing with him. It would be difficult to single any of them out after the way we play against Villa when we had some outstanding performances. But (Pienaar's) general play was excellent throughout the game."
(on the match) "I was really disappointed. You can't in any game of football give someone a couple of goals start, particularly a team like Everton. You can't do it. The only pleasing thing was the second half - we kept going, which was pleasing, but the horse has bolted. You could sense the fans' frustration. Absolutely, you're 3-0 down at home! You can sense it. It's my responsibility. I take the blame for it."
(on Ciaran Clark's red card) "I don't think it was a malicious challenge. If he's the last man then the referee has done what he's done. It wasn't a bad tackle really."
Steve Round, Everton assistant manager
* from evertonfc.com/Sky Sports
(on how Everton views the League Cup) "It's a very important competition for us and you will see that from the squad we select. It will be a strong team, it's an opportunity for Everton to win some silverware and qualify for Europe, so it's something we will take seriously. It's a competition we have probably not done as well as we should have done in. Hopefully that will change this season."
(on the competition in the team) "When we trained today the team trained like they all wanted to play and they were all ready to play. It's a good headache for the manager to have. He has got a fully fit squad, there's only Tony Hibbert who is a slight doubt but we are hoping he's okay. Kevin (Mirallas) will feature at some stage. If he doesn't start he will be on the bench."
(on the possibility of more signings) "We would very much like to, yes. We are a couple short and a bit thin on the ground. That is the job for the manager and the chairman. It's not easy at this stage and if we do, great. If we don't then we are still very happy with the squad we have got and the team we are putting out."
(on if any players will be sold) "There are only a few days to go (in the transfer window) and I don't think there will be anyone leaving now, that's for sure."
Jamie Jones, Leyton Orient goalkeeper
* from evertonfc.com
(on playing against the team he played for and supported as a boy) "I will be emotional when it has sunk in that I'm playing at Goodison Park in front of the Everton fans and against the team I played for, for such a long time. It's just going to be an unbelievable experience the moment I walk out of the tunnel and there will be thousands of brilliant loyal supporters there going to watch the game. Of course I can't let that get to me and all professionals can switch on and switch off like that. I'll have to switch on into the game and do the best I can for Orient because that's who I play for."
(on his time at Everton) "I suppose it was always going to be very difficult breaking though as a goalkeeper at Everton. There were goalkeepers like Tim Howard, Stefan Wessels, John Ruddy and Iain Turner. John Ruddy (who was fourth choice at the time) is now in the England set-up so it was hard at the time. I did think I had the ability to do it, obviously David Moyes didn't think so at the time but I just hope I'm out there on Wednesday night to prove everyone wrong."
Royal Blue Mersey Twitter/Facebook Comment of the Week
I am noisily optimistic, it almost certainly won't end well