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Jags Praises Fellaini

by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Phil Jagielka said Everton’s draw with Fulham ‘felt like a defeat’ but insisted the performance was a huge plus point for David Moyes’ men.

Having overturned an early goal from a combination of Bryan Ruiz and Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini’s brace looked like handing the Blues all three points.

But Steve Sidwell struck at the death to hand the hosts an unlikely point.

For defender Jags, it was a bitter pill to swallow. “I thought we played ok first half but in the second we played very well,” he told evertontv. “We showed signs of how well we have been playing for most of the season. We took control of the game and got the two goals. We could have got a third goal which would have killed the game off.

“There were not too many people smiling after the game. It feels like two points lost.”
However, a big positive was the performance of Fellaini, who struck twice with a pair of fine strikes that looked like sealing a deserved victory.

Jags, who laid on the second, was full of praise for his Belgian team-mate. “Felli scored with two fantastic finishes,” he said. “First half I thought he was good but second half he was special. Right from the first minute, he brought it down on his chest and you know that he is going to be a handful.

“He proved that because his first goal was good but his second was even better.

“He manages to kill a ball quite well. If you have ever tried to control a 40-yard pass from me on your chest it’s not the easiest thing in the world! But he manages to pick up the flight really well and cushion it down.

“I think he stands out, along with Peter Crouch, as a player who can use his chest to his advantage.

“When Felli is in that sort of form it not only excites the fans but also the players around him know that if it’s played up there it will stick and we can play off him.”

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