Everton manager David Moyes believes his team are still in with a chance of finishing inside the top-four places this season, following their goalless draw at Arsenal last night.
The match at the Emirates Stadium – which was crucial to both sides’ Champions League ambitions – saw good chances being created at either end, but neither team succeeded in breaking the deadlock.
The Toffees retained their sixth slot in the table, four points off Arsene Wenger’s unit, who occupy the third place.
A win for Everton yesterday would have cut Arsenal’s lead over them to just one point. Now having just five games in hand to overcome the deficit on their top-four rivals, which includes tough fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea, the Merseyside outfit’s chances of securing a place in Europe looks bleak.
However, David Moyes remained optimistic about their Champions League aspirations, and insisted that the fact his team were still counted in the European race reflected a successful season.
The Scott also expressed his satisfaction over their point from the Arsenal trip last night, claiming that it kept them in the top-four hunt.
He told BBC Sport: “A point keeps us ticking along. I don’t think we are out of place where we are. We are still getting [a Champions League] mention in mid-April; it is not bad for Everton.”
Everton carried a poor record against the Gunners going into the match on Tuesday, having lost eight of their last eleven fixtures.
Despite their unwanted record, Moyes revealed his side went into the match to capture all three points.
He added: “We went to try and win it. We knew if we got three points we would have a real chance.”
Everton will next play against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this Saturday.
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