Everton boss David Moyes curses some of the draws his team have been held to recently -- but has stressed there is still plenty of the season to go as they continue their top-four push.
The Toffees made a flying start to the campaign with four wins and just one defeat in their opening six Premier League fixtures, prompting plenty of talk about their chances of claiming a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League.
They have only lost one more game in the nine that have followed, but their progress has stuttered due to seven of the matches ending in draws and they are currently sixth in the table, three points behind fifth-placed West Brom, fourth-placed Tottenham, who they play at Goodison Park tomorrow, and Chelsea in third.
Emerging with a point from clashes with Norwich, Fulham, Liverpool, QPR, Wigan and Newcastle has been hugely frustrating for the Scot.
Asked if he curses some of the draws, Moyes said: "I do, but it is the start of the season.
"It is still quite early -- we are not into Christmas time and a lot will change over the next month or two. So you don't need to be right up there right away, even though I'd like to be.
"But yes, I do curse one or two of those results we have picked up."
Wilson is not for sale: Pulis
STOKE City boss Tony Pulis has told fans that none of his big players will be leaving the club in January, including Irish international Marc Wilson.
His promise comes after a meeting with the Coates family to discuss their response to potential big-money offers from the likes of Manchester United.
He said the greater TV money on offer to the Premier League from next season -- a staggering 70pc rise to £3bn between 2013 and 2016 -- meant clubs like Stoke dare not risk relegation by selling their top players.
"It is a big season for everyone in the Premier League because the money at the end is enormous, so we have to make sure we have enough points," Pulis said. "With rumours about Ryan (Shawcross), Asmir (Begovic), Marc Wilson before he got injured and Steven (N'Zonzi), we want to quash the speculation now and say we won't be selling any of our better players in the January window."