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Jelavic hopes Cup show convinces Martinez


EVERTON striker Nikica Jelavic hopes the way he made use of getting a full 90 minutes for the first time this season will have convinced Toffees boss Roberto Martinez to give him more game time.

Playing the entire duration of Saturday's FA Cup third-round home clash with QPR, Jelavic scored twice – and missed a penalty – in his side's comprehensive 4-0 victory.

It was the first time the Croatia international had netted since March, on what was his first start since September.

Jelavic has spent much of this term watching on from the bench as Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, has done an impressive job of leading the Everton line.

Bearing in mind the 28-year-old's hopes of playing at this summer's World Cup, Martinez has made it clear he feels it is only fair he listens to offers for Jelavic, and there have been inquiries from other clubs, with QPR reportedly among them.

But the manager has also said he does not really want to lose Jelavic's services, stressing he will not be sold "on the cheap".

And while the player himself has indicated he is keeping an open mind about his future, he has also emphasised he is looking for more of a chance with Everton.

"It's been difficult," Jelavic said. "Now the manager saw that he can count on me as well, so we will see."



Jelavic scored in the 44th and 68th minutes as Everton, currently fifth in the Premier League, overwhelmed Championship high-fliers QPR.

His first goal, nine minutes after Ross Barkley's opener, came when he took advantage of Karl Henry losing the ball before crashing a shot past Julio Cesar from outside the box. Jelavic then met Bryan Oviedo's cross to convert for his second.

He blew a golden opportunity to complete his hat-trick in the 75th minute when he chipped a penalty against the bar, and a minute later Séamus Coleman's strike wrapped up the scoring.

QPR assistant boss Kevin Bond would not confirm or deny after the match that the R's were interested in Jelavic.

"We have one or two injury issues with our strikers and we have been very heavily reliant on Charlie Austin," Bond said.