Everton manager David Moyes concedes his side's chances of European football next season are "remote" but has credited his players for a remarkable revival.
At the end of November the Toffees were languishing in 16th place in the Barclays Premier League with just 15 points from 14 games. But if they can win their final two games they will equal their points haul of 63 from last season when they finished fifth, clinching a place in the Europa League.
Strangely, 63 points this season might only be good enough for eighth, but Moyes said: "Our chances are now remote, but if you'd said to me in October or November it was remote, I'd have said we'd no chance.
"So I can only pay credit to how well the players have kept going, in particular coming through a difficult February. We've won games and done really well."
He added: "I admit we've found the last couple of home games against West Ham and Fulham more difficult than some others we've had this year, so it's something we need to think about.
"But I'm really pleased with what the players are doing. We might not have reached the standards we've set in recent weeks, but we've got the results."
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