Sunday, 29 April 2012

Everton Hotshot Nikica Jelavic Sends Sad Fulham Crashing to Defeat on the Road Once Again

Nikica Jelavic
EVERTON'S deadly hitman Nikica Jelavic scored a perfect ten to send Fulham crashing to a 4-0 defeat on the road again.


The Croat has now netted ten goals in as many starts since David Moyes gambled on snatching him out the SPL to add some bite to Everton’s attack.

And this win must have reminded him of the good old days with Rangers when second-rate opponents rolled over to have their tummies tickled.

Having said that, Fulham must be sick of coming to Goodison Park. That’s now 19 straight league defeats.

No wonder Martin Jol didn’t fancy it – and while the Dutch boss stayed at home to nurse a chest infection his side coughed up four goals.

Jelavic took advantage of some pathetic defending, while Marouane Fellaini and sub Tim Cahill also cashed in as the Cottagers crumbled, to the dismay of stand-in boss Billy McKinlay.

Moyes said: “Apart from the odd blip we have played well since the turn of the year. Our form has been as good as any team in the Premier League.

“Steven Pienaar’s performance has given us creativity and Nikica has given us the goals. All our signings have been a big help.

“I was able to enjoy the game because the players got a couple of goals up and turned on the style.”

McKinlay will insist his team were not thinking of sun loungers just yet but they certainly threw in the towel here.

From the sixth minute – when the dopey Pavel Pogrebnyak provided Jelavic with a chance to score from the spot – the visitors embarrassed themselves.

Pogrebnyak wimped out of taking one for the team when he stuck his arms up to protect his face from feeling the full force of Jelavic’s free-kick.

Everton’s £5.5million sharp-shooter gleefully grabbed the ball and blasted home the penalty.

He nearly had an instant second. Latching on to Phil Jagielka’s long punt he raced in on goal but his effort pinged off the post.

Moments later Pienaar delivered a tempting corner that found Fellaini free in the box.

He aimed his header at goal and saw it bounce home over Damien Duff’s comical airshot attempt at clearing off the line.

With the sting taken out of the game, Everton unwisely sat back for a stint and Clint Dempsey got a shot away that clipped the heels of John Heitinga.

The deflection sent the ball spinning over Tim Howard’s head until the keeper amazingly found some extra spring in his legs to knock the ball on to the bar.

How Fulham must have wished Mark Schwarzer was as sharp. The normally-solid Aussie was at fault for Jelavic’s second in the 40th minute as he failed to close his legs and watched the strike fly past him.

At least Fulham made Everton work for their fourth, Cahill volleying the goal of the game from Pienaar’s lofted pass.
McKinlay said: “It’s really disappointing. Everton thoroughly deserved the win.

“We started the game poorly and never got going.

“It was a long afternoon and we have to dust ourselves down and get on with it. The goals were poor and it gave them some early momentum.

“We never got anywhere near the levels we are capable of. It is not a performance we can be proud of.

“There was not a lack of fight. But on the day, to be frank, they were better than us.”

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