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Moyes targeting European place

David Moyes was so encouraged by his side's clinical demolition of Swansea that he would gladly pay for the privilege of watching Everton's next league game against Southampton.

First-half goals from Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas set the visitors on their way to a victory that was made safe by Marouane Fellaini's 82nd-minute header.

"There were times at this point last season when I wouldn't have paid to watch us play," said Moyes. "I would definitely pay to watch us now."

Everton were as slick and precise as they had been inconsistent last season. Had they shown a little greater composure in front of goal after Swansea's Nathan Dyer had been sent off on 57 minutes, they would have won by a far greater margin.

Still, there was plenty over which to enthuse as they celebrated their 7,000th league goal and a third victory of the season. On the evidence of this performance, there is genuine reason to believe that Everton can at long last cement their position in the top six.

"A Champions League place would probably be seen as unrealistic with the quality of the Premier League, but I think pushing for a European place is a realistic target for Everton," said Moyes.

"The first thing is always to get 40 points and get yourself safe, so I don't want to get carried away too quickly."

The 40-point target has been Swansea's aim since the first ball was kicked in anger last month. Unfortunately, on this showing, it will take some getting. They were out-thought and out-fought during a first half in which Anichebe struck after 21 minutes and Mirallas doubled the lead on 43 minutes.

Everton could have had a hatful after Dyer's dismissal before Fellaini popped up eight minutes from time. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent