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Jagielka is 'unbeatable' - Moyes

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Everton manager David Moyes has hailed the form of unsung hero Phil Jagielka after the defender played a crucial part in the FA Cup win over Liverpool.

Midfielders Tim Cahill, Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta usually grab the headlines, but on Wednesday night it was youngster Dan Gosling's turn in the spotlight as he scored the extra-time winner. However, it was the continued excellence of centre-back Jagielka which caught the eye.

"I think at the moment Phil Jagielka looks unbeatable," said the Everton boss, whose side's 1-0 victory booked a fifth round meeting with Aston Villa.

In both Wednesday's replay and the first tie at Anfield last month the former Sheffield United utility player did a superb job in keeping Liverpool's star striker Fernando Torres quiet.

Jagielka has been playing like that for a while now and Moyes believes it is about time he got some credit.

He added: "There were moments in the game when I think Torres thought 'I just can't get past him, he's too strong and too quick'. I thought his performance was excellent."

Moyes was also pleased with the contribution of teenage substitutes Gosling, 19, and Jack Rodwell, 17.

The Toffees boss, who is not blessed with the biggest squad and is currently operating without a recognised striker because of injuries, said they were role models to other youngsters at the club.

"The boys at Everton know they will get opportunities," he said.

"If you are a young player just now you would be saying 'There's two boys coming on in a derby FA Cup tie and one of them scores a goal'. It is the stuff dreams are made of. Good luck to these young boys. If they show me enough in training I'll put them in the team."

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Mikel Arteta
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