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Everton's Steven Naismith. Picture: Phil Noble/REUTERS

Everton's Steven Naismith. Picture: Phil Noble/REUTERS

Everton's Steven Naismith. Picture: Phil Noble/REUTERS

EVERTON'S Steven Naismith has his sights set on bettering last season's fifth-placed finish and securing Champions League football.

The Toffees looked favourites to land fourth spot at one stage before defeats to Crystal Palace, Southampton and Manchester City saw them falter at the last as Arsenal nipped in. Everton have been to Thailand and Austria in pre-season and are building up to their first match of the season away at newly-promoted Leicester a week on Saturday.

Forward Naismith said: "We've done a lot of the fitness work and now more tactical stuff that the manager wants to work on to add more strings to our bow for the season.

"We've got a great squad full of fantastic players and we're gelling every week we're together under the manager.

"We've had a full year of working under him and knowing what is expected so we'll hopefully push on and better what we achieved last season.

"We definitely want to do that but we'll not look too far ahead.

"We were so close to Champions League last season and this season it would be really nice to have the same fight again and maybe make that fourth spot, if not higher."


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