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Time to move on; We've still got a job to do - Moyes.

Byline: Greg O'KEEFFE

IT WAS the defiant performance that inspired David Moyes to leap onto the Old Trafford pitch and pump his fists in delight - but a week later, the Blues boss insists perspective is required on his team's 4-4 draw against Manchester United.

While the nature of that comeback certainly lifted Moyes and his squad after their Wembley heart-break, the Scot is now intent on putting it behind them as he focuses on three points against Fulham today.

And he knows his men will have to be better defensively if they are to maintain their impressive home for m.

"There has been an awful lot talked about it but it was only a point and I would have enjoyed a scruffy 1-0 win more," said the Toffees manager.

"We have certainly looked more capable since January onwards but we have to make sure we win the game against Fulham and stay in the top half of the league.

"It is a dangerous game. I have been impressed with them and Martin Jol has got them to be a decent Premier League team and they could go above us if they beat us tomorrow."

The West Londoners sit just two points behind Everton in the Premier League, and Moyes knows his side will need their tactical acumen to beat them today.

That's why he is ever grateful for the presence of midfielder Leon Osman, 30, who is set to make his 300th appearance, and brings brains to his side.

"He is football-intelligent; he knows what he is supposed to do, we can give him jobs and he can understand," said Moyes.

"From that point he is a great player to have in the squad. He has been a great servant ever since I came in here.

"We can use him in different positions and he scores us some important goals and is someone we can rely on and trust.

"It says a lot to play 300 games for the same team, especially in the Premier League.

"That tells you a lot about him as a player and we think a lot of him."

Another player Moyes is certainly glad to have on his team-sheet at the moment is Nikica Jelavic, who has scored seven times in his last six matches, with his double in the 4-4 draw at Old Trafford making it five in three appearances.

"At the moment his form has been excellent and he has exceeded expectations," said Moyes of the former Rangers forward.

"He has finished moves off and made us look clinical in the box.

"In the early part of the season it looked like we would have to score a brilliant goal.

"Now if we get the ball in the box he will be on the end of a lot of things, whether it be with his head like last week or some of the finishes with his feet recently."

Moyes admits he has not yet worked out the ideal way to get the best use out of the 26-year-old but is more than happy with the striker's goal tally.

"I wasn't sure how quickly he would settle," he added. "I wasn't totally sure how he would fit in and when I brought him in I thought we would start to rebuild bits of the team.

"I am sure we are still looking to see what is the best type of player to play with Jelavic and how we can mould that for the years to come.

"But he came along when we were on a high. We had just beaten Manchester City, the team had just started to grow in confidence and we had also got in Steven Pienaar, in addition to Darron Gibson and Landon Donovan before that.

"There were signs we were doing better but his goals have put the icing on it.

"He can link the play up, he gets hold of the ball for us as well and has settled in really quickly with the boys.

"They have made him feel really welcome and I think that has helped him."

Meanwhile, Fulham are hoping to inflict double Mersey misery over the next few days.

The Cottagers are currently in ninth place in the Premier League and face Everton and Liverpool in their next two games.

The Toffees must keep both sides at bay if they are to maintain the seventh spot they currently occupy.

And Martin Jol is just pleased to see his team in a similar position to Moyes' team at this stage of the campaign.

"Everyone tells me, week in and week out, that Everton are a fantastic side so if that is true then we are pretty good as well because we are just two points behind them," said the Dutchman.

"I want to be a mid-table side, or even a bit better, from the start until the end of the season because if you struggle to be in mid-table until the last game of the season, then that is not what you want.

"We were probably safe [from relegation] six weeks ago so that is good, especially if you recognise the fact that we changed our formation and brought in five or six new players. So I am very pleased that we are on almost similar points that we were on at the same stage last year."

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CRACKER: Marouane Fellaini fires home Everton's second at Old Trafford. Right: Leon Osman
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2012
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