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Toffees still gunning for fourth spot – McCarthy


 Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Photo: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Photo: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Photo: PA

JAMES McCARTHY insists that Everton will not relent in their pursuit of a Champions League place at the expense of Arsenal.

The Toffees take on Newcastle United at St James' Park tonight aiming to keep up the pressure on an under-fire Arsenal side, with Ireland star McCarthy maintaining that Arsene Wenger's side are nervous of Everton's challenge.

"We will keep playing until it is not possible. We have got eight points between us and we have a game in hand. Arsenal are still to come here. It's still open. They will be looking over their shoulder a bit now," said McCarthy.

"Obviously they will be a bit worried. But we will take it one game at a time and we have a big game against Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Alan Pardew's touchline ban will have personally hurt his Newcastle counterpart more than it has his team.

While the Spaniard will take up his trademark virtually motionless arms-folded stance in the technical area at St James' Park tonight, Pardew will be watching at a distance via a television feed.

The Newcastle manager serves the third and final instalment of his stadium ban – a further four games were suspended – imposed after his headbutt on Hull's David Meyler.


In his absence, the Magpies have lost at bottom side Fulham and scraped a last-minute 1-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"It must be difficult. I cannot even think how you can cope with that frustration of not being able to help the team and trying to read the game from the sideline," said Martinez.

Martinez rarely sits down as he observes every match from the touchline. Even more rare is the sight of the Spaniard showing signs of frustration, but he admits different managers all have their individual way of dealing with the challenges 90 minutes pose.

"Every manager brings his own genetics into that," said the Toffees boss. "There are managers who want to be just as composed as they can so you can make good decisions by trying to help the players and reading the game."