Belfast Telegraph

Moyes banking on Jelavic goals

Everton manager David Moyes is hopeful striker Nikica Jelavic can provide the answer to their goalscoring problems but accepts the rest of the team have to give him the right support.

The Croatia international scored his second goal since arriving from Rangers in Saturday's 2-0 win at Swansea. Jelavic has started four times in seven appearances following his £5.5million transfer but has already shown he could provide Everton with some much-needed firepower up front.

Moyes said: "I think he has done quite well. When he came he had a bit of a problem with his stomach and he has missed a few weeks but he has given us something slightly different and scored a couple of goals."

The Toffees boss added: "If he keeps it ticking over it will be good as (left-back) Leighton Baines is our top goalscorer with four - so it is quite obvious to see where we have been short.

"It can weigh on you (not scoring) and we have had other centre-forwards here who have found it a struggle to score.

"We have to make sure they get the right service, we have to make sure we are creative enough in the final third and then they do get the chances. Then when they get the chances the centre-forwards have to make sure they take them.

"Denis Straqualursi came on and should have scored one or maybe two against Swansea and Steven Pienaar had chances so we have got to try to take that on and make sure we take them in the game against Sunderland."

Centre-back Phil Jagielka made his second successive start in south Wales after recovering from a knee problem which sidelined him for two months and Moyes is delighted to see the defender rediscovering his best form.

"I thought Jags was ever so good on Saturday," added the Scot. "He had an injury and we brought him back to start in a difficult game (the 3-0 Merseyside derby defeat) and he did well in that as well.

"On Saturday he showed why arguably he is one of the best centre-halves in England. He was immaculate in all the things he did and that is great because he is a top player."


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