Everton boss David Moyes has reflected on a positive close to the campaign at Goodison Park.
The Toffees managed to secure seventh place in the Barclays Premier League, turning things around post-christmas after it appeared the Merseysiders would be involved in a relegation battle.
However, there was still a hint of disappointment from the Scot, who was hoping his side would be in the mix for a European place or even challenging for a top four spot.
"I think the way we have played in the second half of the season has been pleasing. We have done quite well and the results have been quite good. The team has been doing well since about the turn of the year, really," Moyes told the official Everton website.
"We were involved in the relegation battle early on as we were down the bottom of the table and, if you are down there in the first few weeks of the season or the last few weeks, then it is no good and you have to get away from it. But we have got good players here and should not have been down in that position – thankfully our results improved and we moved up the table.
"I think we all felt a little disappointed by our start to the season. I felt we had a really good chance of getting in and about the top four this year. I always knew we were a little bit light up front and that has proved to be the case in a lot of the games. Maybe those who were thinking we could finish higher than seventh were a little too optimistic – myself included."
Moyes was also quick to concur with the choice for players' player and fans' player of the year, paying tribute to Leighton Baines for some impressive performances this season.
"Leighton has defended really well all season. He has also been good going forward and has set up and scored goals so I think he was the right choice."