082243239aa58210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2009-Q4Uneasy omens for Evertonf72243239aa58210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____Uneasy omens for EvertonMoyes calls 'shocking performance' at Hull the worst he has seen but refuses to step down despite one win in seven Premier League games.<p>Everton fans who believe bad news comes in threes, will find themselves currently ensconced in an unpleasant state of purgatory.
Having succumbed to Hull City on Wednesday and been informed yesterday that plans to move away from Goodison Park had been vetoed by their local council, the omens are not good ahead of Sunday's ever-important Merseyside derby.</p>
<p>But while coach David Moyes shouldered the blame for his side's 3-2 defeat at the KC Stadium, he indicated he has no intention of stepping down, despite Everton having won just once in seven Premier League games. The Scotsman admitted his side's performance this week was one of the worst he has seen in his seven years at the club.
"The performance was shocking and we all take responsibility for it," said Moyes. "It is up to the players to take responsibility, but I take responsibility for the players I select. We could be dragged into a relegation fight - particularly because of the injuries and individual performances.
"But I am the one who has to take responsibility for the team. I pick the team and I sign them. I'm the one who has the ultimate responsibility."</p>
<p>Moyes's men were trailing 3-0 by the time the half-time whistle blew. Goals by Stephen Hunt, Andy Dawson and Dean Marney forced the Toffees into action and a fortuitous Kamil Zayatte own-goal gave them a lifeline.
When Louis Saha netted a penalty following Zayatte's foul on the Frenchman, it looked like Everton might steal something. But the equaliser never came and Moyes fumed: "We didn't play well enough to win, that sums it up really.</p>
<p>"I don't think it was anything to do with confidence, it was to do with endeavour and attitude, which Hull City showed. If we had matched Hull's endeavour and attitude - they ran around and it earned them something at the end of the night. A team should fight from the first minute, not the 45th."
Hull jumped to 15th, but still remain below Everton on goal difference, yet the mood in the two camps could not be more different following Phil Brown's team's last three results, which have seen them pick up seven points from a possible nine.</p>
<p>"I think it was a deserved win, even though Everton scored two goals in the second half," said Brown.
"People might have been nervous at 3-2, but I wasn't unduly worried, I thought we still had a grip on the game. Collectively, defensively we were very good in the first half. The second half was a different ball game and an own goal unhinges you to a certain extent. But we stuck at the task and thoroughly deserved the victory."
<B>Fulham</B>, who went into their match with B<B>lackburn Rovers</B> on Wednesday night equal on points to Everton, leapt into the top half of the table after a Clint Dempsey-inspired display saw them win 3-0. Erik Nevland netted the opener, before a brace from the USA midfielder Dempsey.</p>
<p>Fulham's coach Roy Hodgson looks set to be rewarded with a new contract after agreeing terms on an extension yesterday.
"It wasn't a difficult discussion," said the 62-year-old. "We are basically in agreement and I've got to say it was very easy to come to that agreement.
"It seems that everyone is keen for me to stay and I've always made it perfectly clear that I'm happy to stay. I've never made any secret of the fact that I'm happy at Fulham and I'm enjoying the job here. It is just a matter now of putting the contract discussions that we have already had on to paper.</p>