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29 Apr 2012 07:47:05

Moyes left purring by Jelavic

Everton manager David Moyes hailed the "massive" contribution from striker Nikica Jelavic as the Croatia international scored twice in the 4-0 victory over Fulham.

The 26-year-old, a £5.5million signing from Rangers, took his tally to 10 in 13 matches since arriving in January and an impressive nine in his last seven appearances.

"Isn't it terrific the difference it has made to the team and the club the goals that have been scored since January?" said Moyes. "I think he has been massive for us and the two goals for us today were very good."

On-loan midfielder Steven Pienaar was at the heart of everything which was good about the Toffees and he set up three goals after Jelavic had opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

The South Africa international returned to his former club in January a year after leaving having failed to hold down a regular spot at Tottenham.

He has been reinvigorated in the short time he has been back at Goodison Park and Moyes would like to re-sign him permanently in the summer, although he admits they are a long way from finalising those negotiations.

"You're probably going to ask me every press conference and I'm going to give the same answer that I genuinely don't think anything will be even talked about until after the end of the season," said the Scot. "Pienaar's performances have given us the creativity. Nikica's given us the goals."

Fulham manager Martin Jol missed the match because of a chest infection and first-team coach Billy McKinlay admitted explaining the defeat to his boss was not something he was relishing.

"I've not spoken to him after the game so I'm not looking forward to that conversation," he said. "It is always difficult when the manager is not there because you miss his presence but we prepared as we always do for the games.

"How much it affected us I don't know but obviously it affected us at some point because he is not here and hopefully he will be back Tuesday (at Liverpool)."


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