STEVE ROUND lamented the wastefulness in front of goal against Wolves which cost Everton the chance to move within touching distance of a seventh place finish in the Premier League.
The Blues missed a string of chances in their 0-0 draw with the relegated Midlanders at Molinuex, and also had a first-half goal by Nikcia Jelavic wrongly ruled offside.
But assistant boss Round believes the Toffees are more than capable of making up for their disappointment by beating Newcastle United at Goodison next Sunday.
And he reckons on-fire Jelavic can be the man to secure local bragging rights by helping his side finish above Liverpool.
He said: “The players are very disappointed they didn’t win. They had enough dominance in possession and opportunities to win the game definitely. But we were a bit wasteful in front of goal, or we didn’t make the right final pass. We just couldn’t take that defining moment.
"Obviously we had a perfectly good goal disallowed. I’ve seen it again and he’s definitely onside. The form Nikica is in at the moment is fantastic. We expect that of him and we’re more surprised when he doesn’t score. His return for the price we paid is incredible. He is quick, dynamic, can take the ball, hold it up, create and finish. He’s given us that cutting edge, and has got 27 goals this season if you include the Rangers goals. Long may that continue. We’d be happy if he could score 27 goals for us next season – that’d be nice.
“We just couldn’t take the chances. Recently we’ve been playing as well as that but scoring, and we just didn’t.”
Round believes the quality of some of Everton’s attacking play bodes well for the visit of the Magpies, who will be in the hunt for Champions League football.
“From our penalty box to theirs we played good attacking football and had intelligent movement and retention. The Fellaini, Piennar and Jelavic link-up was fantastic and McFadden produced a wonderful cross that Fellaini should have scored from,” he said.
“You have to make sure you don’t lose to one on the break though, and I didn’t think that was going to happen because Jagielka and Heitinga were immaculate, especially Jagielka who was outstanding.
“We always thought it would be tough, but next week it’s at Goodison. We’re formidable at Goodison and no team would want to come there on the last day of the season having to win. We go into it confident, playing well and knowing if we win we’ll finish seventh.
“The players want to finish as high up the league as they can, and if they can finish above Liverpool even better. It’s in our hands, we have to win next week.”