David Moyes wants Everton to continue their hard graft so they can go from Easyjet passengers to rubbing shoulders with the high-fliers in the Barclays Premier League.
Moyes is set to bolster his squad in the summer but unless chairman Bill Kenwright finds a backer, the Everton boss will be looking for value for money again.
Finding players with the right character, as well as talent, has served Moyes well so far and he said: "We might just get on Easyjet like the average man would do. But in the same breath my job is to get up and feel that we can compete with the best."
He added: "I think there is still a humility to our football club and the people at the club know we have had to work hard and we'll continue working hard. Our success won't be done on a chequebook, ours will be done by pretty hard graft."
Everton are now establishing themselves as the team neutrals want to win in the cup when they face Chelsea in the final - and Moyes agreed winning the trophy would be one of the great Wembley stories.
"I think because of the run we've had it would be," he said. "If you're talking about this country being controlled by four football clubs, Everton have put two of them (Liverpool and Manchester United) out of the cup and then the one sitting fifth (Aston Villa), we've put them out as well."
Moyes, however, has warned his players that they will not be allowed to slack off and start thinking about the final.
"If any of them thought it was natural to go slack then they would be going slack at Wembley as well because they wouldn't be there," he said.
"If any of them think that's natural to them, it's completely unnatural to me. It can happen, but it won't be natural to me. I just won't allow it.
"We have an opportunity of finishing at least fifth and we have to try to do that."
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