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Everton FC?s Marouane Fellaini must cope with being singled out, says Leon Osman
Published : 03 Sep 2012 07:00:00Rss feed
MAROUANE FELLAINI’S blistering form so far this season for Everton FC means he must learn to cope with being singled out by rivals, says Leon Osman.
The Belgian had an off-day during Everton’s frustrating 2-0 defeat by West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday, with Steve Clarke’s men taking extra care to limit his effectiveness.
With no protection from blundering ref Jon Moss either, the midfielder cut a forlorn figure and wasted a glorious chance – but Osman insists Fellaini must rise above it.
He said: “When you are as effective as he is, teams are going to find a way to stop you. That’s up to him and us as a team to find ways around that. “I don’t need to go into how the ref was. People are going to try and stop him playing and being effective for us. “On other occasions we have been OK with that and found ways around that, playing in different parts of the field, but apart from the opening half an hour, we couldn’t really operate.”
Everton’s midfield hopes were also hit by the departure through injury of Darron Gibson in the first half, something Osman admitted unsettled them. “We were on top at the time,” he added. “We were playing the ball through the midfield and me and him were getting a lot of the ball. It was disappointing he had to go off. Gibbo was playing well at the time.”