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Moyes positive on Toffees' push for fourth

EVERTON boss David Moyes is hoping his side can sustain their early-season form and push on for a Champions League spot at the end of the campaign.

The Toffees drew 1-1 at struggling QPR yesterday despite falling behind to an early Junior Hoilett goal and having Steven Pienaar sent off after an hour.

Moyes, who has seen his side criticised in previous years for starting the season slowly, is pleased to sit fourth in the table after their opening eight fixtures.

"I think we have got a good team and good players, I think we can try and do it (finish fourth)," he said. "It is going to be hard with the competition we have got and who knows, we might dwindle away. But in recent seasons probably the question that is being asked is can we avoid relegation, so it is nice to be up there and I'm going to be positive about it."

Moyes has seen his side draw their last two league fixtures either side of the international break and wants to take their continued belief into next Sunday's Merseyside derby against Liverpool. "We are in a healthier position than maybe we have been in for a long time before," Moyes added. "We will go into it with a bit of momentum.

"I think Wigan away and QPR away were difficult, I might have been happy with one win and one defeat.

"I would have probably liked the extra point in the end, but two draws keeps you steady and keeps you going in the right direction."

While Moyes is eyeing a place in the top four, QPR are still searching for their first win of the campaign.

Manager Mark Hughes admitted the mood in the home dressing room was a sombre one after goalkeeper Julio Cesar's own-goal gave 10-man Everton a share of the spoils.

"The guys are in the dressing room really disappointed because this was an opportunity," he said.

"On another day we should have beaten them but obviously we are disappointed because we still have to get three points on the board."

The Welshman stressed before the weekend that a good start to the game was vital after conceding early goals in the previous two league matches.

Hoilett's goal meant Hughes got his wish. "We had talked about starting well because we haven't done that in the last couple of games and thankfully we addressed that detail in our game that has been hurting us."