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Sunday 19 August 2018

Moyes hails impact of 'hungry' Jelavic

EVERTON boss David Moyes hailed the impact of striker Nikica Jelavic after he inspired his side to an FA Cup quarter-final replay victory at Sunderland.

The Croatia international put the visitors ahead after 24 minutes and then prompted substitute David Vaughan to put through his own goal 11 minutes after the restart to seal a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

Jelavic, who arrived on Merseyside from Rangers in January, is already making a significant impact.

Moyes said: "He has played well. He looks hungry, he looks like a centre-forward, and we have missed that.

"The boys like him. They like the way he plays, they like his style.

"He and Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar and Landon Donovan came in January, and we have been able to pick up a little bit from that."

Everton produced as dominant a display by an away team as the Stadium of Light has witnessed this season, and certainly during Martin O'Neill's reign on Wearside.

They went ahead when Jelavic slid home Magaye Gueye's cross midway through the first half, and they never looked back.

Clinical

It took Vaughan's own goal to increase the visitors' advantage, but it was no less than they deserved. They might have won by more had Jelavic been more clinical and Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet less resilient.

The win booked the Toffees a Wembley semi-final date with city rivals Liverpool and a chance to avenge their two league defeats this season.

The game proved a sobering experience for O'Neill, whose side failed to reach the heights they have reached for much of his reign.

He said: "I don't think we would be kidding ourselves or kidding anybody to know that we have work to do.

"The team has put heart and soul into the matches since December. It is not too often they can be criticised."

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