Everton boss David Moyes praises Nikica Jelavic’s brace at Norwich City
Everton boss David Moyes believes Croatian hitman Nikica Jelavic has helped revive the Toffees' season.
Moyes' men are well in the hunt for a Europa League place and face an FA Cup semi-final this weekend against Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Wembley.
Jelavic's brace at Carrow Road took his tally to five goals since a �5.5m January move from crisis club Rangers – but Moyes insists the striker's impact can be measured in more than just goals.
'He has been good for us and he has given the other players a massive boost because we couldn't score in the first half of the season,' he said. 'He has adapted well because maybe here as opposed to when he was at Rangers he has to do a bit more when we don't have the ball. His finishes were terrific. It was just disappointing that we did not feed him enough. If we had found him more he might have scored even more but we did not get it to him enough when we had the opportunities to do so.
'He has certainly come in and made a big difference to us. We have been needing a centre forward who can score regularly, who can lead the line and who can threaten the opposition and he has certainly being doing that.
'He has that look in his eye that you know he wants to get a goal and he showed it today. He knows that getting goals is part of his role in the team, but he is a presence.'
Moyes conceded Norwich were full value for a point after his side failed to capitalise fully on a dominant start underlined by Jelavic's predatory opener.
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'I thought first half, especially first 25 minutes, we played well and had openings. We had four or five chances when we just failed to find that final pass,' he said. 'I thought we got in front but they deservedly got back into it before half-time.
'They grew into it as the first half went on. In the second half we did bits and pieces okay, but it was always going to be a difficult place to come and take all three points.
'Norwich changed their system and we didn't get to grips with it quite as well as we should have done. Norwich had control of the ball and they were causing us a few problems.
'They had one or two opportunities to get a third, but even when it went 2-2 I felt we were liable to break away and be a threat and could maybe get a goal. I think that final pass was probably our downfall.'
Moyes left out the likes of John Heitinga and Marouane Fellaini from the start as he tries to shuffle his resources for the league and cup battles ahead.
'We have got a good squad and are playing some good football at the moment and overall I am pleased with the way they are going,' he said. 'We wanted to win here so I am disappointed, but it keeps the momentum going.'