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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 8, 2009

Everton striker proves he is no ordinary Jo

Everton's new signing proved himself to be no ordinary Jo as he was an instant at his new temporary home at Goodison Park.

The on-loan striker certainly did not look as ordinary as Manchester City fans no doubt think he is after a miserable start to his £19million career at Eastlands.

One goal in the league ended with him being shipped out on loan to Everton, the club that wanted him when he was at CSKA Moscow before City's spending power blew them out of the race last summer.

Jo had looked hapless in his early months at City, but Everton think differently about the boy from Sao Paulo who won a penalty, scored a wonder goal and then rapped home a penalty of his own in the clinical demolition of an awful Bolton side.

Everton cruised to a 3-0 win, are cemented in the top six and have lost just three of their last 20 games. And they are still celebrating the FA Cup humbling of Liverpool.

Everton had been playing without a real centre-forward for weeks because of their injury crisis in that department, and Jo showed he could well be the answer to that problem for boss David Moyes.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who kept his 11th clean sheet of the season, believes a change was good as a rest for new team-mate Jo.

Howard said: "Jo looked dangerous, he scored a fine goal in the second half and won a penalty. Then when we got a second penalty nobody was going to take it away from him, that would have been greedy.

"You need a good start when you come to a new club and he certainly got that. For him it was fantastic.

"English football is crazy. You see so many top players coming here and it can be difficult for them.

"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. And it really makes a man out of you when you come to play in England.

"Jo is talented, we have seen that in training. Nobody pays £19million for someone who is not very good. He has a huge reputation but sometimes it doesn't work out.

"He needed a move and a change of scenery, and hopefully we can give him the confidence and support he needs. We have been really upbeat with him in training, he seems a really good guy.

"He got his goals, the crowd were really behind him and it has started really well for him here."

Everton were never in danger. Jo was brought down for a first-half penalty that the excellent Mikel Arteta drilled home.

Jo then turned defender Gary Cahill superbly on the edge of the box before driving home the second.

Then when Mark Davies was a little unlucky to concede an injury-time penalty, Jo completed his own perfect day from the spot.

Howard added: "It was always going to be a funny game. driving to the ground you are still on a high from the cup win over Liverpool earlier in the week, and the crowd are buzzing.

"You wonder how you can replicate that and find another gear for everyone. There was always going to be pressure on us because of that."

For Bolton, it was humiliation. Anyone who has seen them snap and snarl their way through games over the years and given them grudging praise for their belligerence, must have wondered what on earth they were watching here.

Certainly Bolton boss Gary Megson did. He was scathing about his players and said: "I'm surprised by what I saw, we didn't have anybody playing as well as they can. There were no excuses, it was as bad as I have seen for a long, long time.

"You expect people to compete for headers, win tackles, you expect them to play as if their lives depend on it. There was nobody on that pitch who can say they should be in for the next game.

"We get well paid for what we do, but for some of them it seemed they were doing us a favour for actually being there.

""We were just shocking. Sometimes you try to cover things, but sometimes you can't defend the indefensible.

"If you are going to lose you do it in the right manner and go down fighting. We were just not good enough and there were no positives for us.

"If we continue to play like that we will be relegated, without a shadow of a doubt. It was unacceptable."

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