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Apr 6, 2009

Osman singles out "unplayable" Fellaini

Everton's midfielder Leon Osman described team-mate Marouane Fellaini as "unplayable" after the Belgian played an instrumental role as the Merseyside club notched up their 11th successive unbeaten home game.

Everton's 4-0 demolition of Wigan Athletic on Sunday was their biggest win of the season and was the perfect start to a crucial fortnight in the club's season.

Next Sunday they travel to Aston Villa in a game which could decide who finishes fifth this season, and a week later they take on Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

But with crucial games on the horizon, Everton resisted the temptation to take it easy against Wigan and outplayed a team seemingly unsettled by the Amr Zaki saga, the Egyptian having infuriated boss Steve Bruce by going AWOL after international duty.

Fellaini was instrumental in the win, scoring one and helping create the other three goals and earned the praise of Osman, who said of his 21-year-old team-mate: "His size is there for all to see and when he gets his game right he is unplayable.

"He is such a big lad and with tremendous skill and very hard to stop. He is so powerful and if he gets in your face in possession he is virtually impossible to stop."

Fellaini has managed to get himself booked nine times in 14 matches earlier this season, but since the turn of the year his more attacking role has helped his problems with referees diminish.

Osman added: "He was getting booked virtually every game and we felt a lot of that was unfair because referees were not really watching what he does.

"He has probably redefined how he plays and referees have taken a look at the way they were handling him and he is getting much fairer treatment from them now.

"He is not getting booked as much and he is more effective for us as well. He has grown into this league now, just like Jo up front. They are both young and they have had to understand how this division operates.

"It is their first season in this league, a tough league, but they are now doing really well for us and scoring regularly."

The Belgian has settled well at Goodison Park and thanks to a combination of his unruly mop of hair, six goals and a string of impressive performances has become a cult figure amongst Everton fans.

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