Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Man Utd

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 16:10

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 2 - 3 C Palace

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Moyes backs Jelavic revival

Everton manager David Moyes insists he has no concerns about the dry patch of striker Nikica Jelavic.

Last Updated: 02/01/13 at 20:07 Post Comment   

Nikica Jelavic: Six goals this season

Nikica Jelavic: Six goals this season

The Croatia international arrived from Rangers on transfer deadline day last January and scored 11 goals in 16 games.

Jelavic has only hit the net six times this season, but Moyes believes the player's work-rate will ensure the player finds his goal-touch soon.

"He has continually worked hard. I think probably the difference from this time last year is that everything we made Niki scored," said Moyes ahead of Wednesday's trip to Newcastle.

"This time we are finding it just a little bit harder to get the ball in the net, which was evident against Chelsea.

"You hope the players continue the form they have shown in the past and a bit of confidence can make a difference, especially to forward players.

"It is just the way it is, it happens sometimes."

Important

Moyes admits he is having to become more creative in order to find ways to keep his side winning going into the second half of the season.

Injuries to key players - with midfielder Darron Gibson ruled out for a month with a thigh strain and forward Kevin Mirallas sidelined for a second time with a hamstring injury - have taken their toll over the festive period.

In Sunday's home defeat to Chelsea Moyes was forced to pick 18-year-old reserve-team defender Tyias Browning among his substitutes so limited were his options.

Things have improved slightly with the return from suspension of Marouane Fellaini and the possibility of Phil Neville being fit again after being rested having complained of pain in the knee he had an operation on recently.

But Moyes' management skills are being tested to the full once again and he accepts he may sometimes have to tinker with his tactics.

"The mood is fine, we are healthy enough - I'd like a few more players back from injury but so would a few clubs," he said.

"It is a busy time and I wouldn't say it is a time of year when managers and players want game after game.

"We've had them (Gibson and Mirallas) out before. Kevin and Darron are important players for us but that is what happens.

"It is a test to try to find teams that can win without your best players. You have to find solutions."

One of the changes which looked like paying off against Chelsea was moving Steven Pienaar into a central position behind Jelavic from where he scored in only the second minute.

Problems

The South Africa international is usually a permanent fixture on the left, where he has a great relationship with defender Leighton Baines, but in Fellaini's absence Moyes wanted to change things around somewhat.

"I don't think his biggest thing is scoring goals but we've needed to get some goals from different places and he's managed to get some in recent games which have been important for us," said Moyes of Pienaar.

"I don't want it to become predictable about Pienaar and Baines down the left and I felt it was right we changed it and I think he can do a job for us there.

"We will look to change it around when we can but we know we have a good thing going with what Baines and Pienaar do so we have to make sure teams don't clamp onto it too often and we can cause them problems in other ways."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Transfer news: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino warns off Luke Shaw suitors

Mauricio Pochettino says in-demand defender Luke Shaw will be staying at Southampton.

Premier League: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets win at Norwich

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Sunderland's draw with Manchester City is a "warning sign" for his side.

Transfer news: Schalke's Julian Draxler set to stay put, insists chairman

Clemens Tonnies says it would take "something extraordinary" for Julian Draxler to leave Schalke this summer.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property