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Moyes plays down European prospects

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David Moyes believes it is still "a long shot" that Everton will qualify for Europe this season.

Moyes saw his side extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to nine matches with a 1-0 win at Wigan on Saturday thanks to Tim Cahill's header six minutes from time. Now sat in ninth position, the Toffees' victory at the DW Stadium - their third league win in a row - has brought renewed hope for their fans of a push for a Europa League spot.

But Moyes is not getting carried away, and said: "We'll wait and see where it goes, but who knows? We hoped we would have been in and around it before the season started, but the start we had to the season probably makes it a real long shot."

He added: "We can't be aiming too high too soon.

"We'll wait and see how we go over the coming months and we have a tough month to come."

Everton emerged triumphant from a lively encounter which saw both teams denied penalty claims by referee Lee Probert.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez felt particularly aggrieved after Probert ruled that John Heitinga's second-half foul on Charles N'Zogbia occurred on the edge of the box, but not inside it.

"The incident with Charles N'Zogbia and John Heitinga - if it's a free-kick, he's definitely in the box, so it should have been a penalty," Martinez said.

"There is clearly contact and it was clear for the linesman that there was an infraction. It was very clear on the replay that the contact happens on the line and develops in the box."

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Europa League
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