Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Jagielka praise for Jonny Evans

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has hailed the early impact of Northern Ireland starlet Jonny Evans.

Jagielka and Evans will be at opposite ends of the pitch tomorrow, when Manchester United and Everton clash in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

And the England international believes his side will have a tough time in breaking United down should Evans play a part.

“He’s been superb and deserves all the plaudits that he has been getting this season,” said Jagielka.

“United have may had a bit of a wobble recently but there were times earlier in the season when he played a big part in helping them to a lot of clean sheets.

“I think you are always going to miss players like Rio Ferdninand or Vidic because of their quality but Evans has come in and made sure they weren’t missed too much.

“I think the fact that he is doing it at such a big club as well makes it even more amazing and with United having a history of bringing young players through he’s at the right place.”

Meanwhile, record-signing Marouane Fellaini is confident that the Toffees can cause a shock at Wembley tomorrow.

He said: "We have done well to get to the semi-final but we are striving to make sure that we will be back at Wembley next month.

"We have been growing in belief and it would be a fitting reward for the way we have worked as a squad through difficult times to turn the season around, if we went on to win it.

"It would be a dream if I scored the winner on Sunday but it is not about me. It doesn’t matter who scores.”

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