Thursday 23 November 2017

Moyes pours cold water on Europe talk

Jamie Holland

David Moyes has no intention of getting sidetracked by talk of Europe despite Everton's excellent win at Manchester City.

Collecting three points from a trip to Eastlands is becoming as much an annual tradition as travel chaos around bank holidays for the Toffees.

Goals from Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines ensured Everton recorded their fourth straight win at City, which allowed them to clamber away from the drop zone -- five points ahead of third-bottom Wigan, yet only six adrift of fifth-placed Tottenham, such is the congestion in the Premier League table.

Little wonder there was immediate talk of a concerted assault on the European spots at the start of a Christmas period that continues with a home encounter against Birmingham on St Stephen's Day.

But Moyes has no such lofty aims at present. The Scot is aware his side have struggled to find consistency this term. And he realises the search must continue until that elusive component of so many successful seasons has been rediscovered.

"I still feel we are big outsiders when people talk about Europe," he said. "This result keeps the Premier League exciting. I am sure many teams were happy with it, not just Everton.

"It showed the quality we have got at the club. But we have a great deal of catching up to do.

"We have been doing a great job trying to make up ground and we will keep going. But we are a bit further back than all the other teams."

Nevertheless, there are sound reasons for optimism on the blue half of Merseyside, none more so than the form of Cahill.

Irish Independent

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