David Moyes has called on his Everton team to start flexing their muscles against the Premier League's small fry after proving they can mix it with the big fish.
After collecting draws from meetings with Manchester United and Chelsea, Everton claimed Manchester City's scalp at Eastlands on Monday night. Perhaps it was not so much of a surprise given it was the Toffeemen's fourth win on the trot at City - but now Moyes wants his players to transfer that form into less eye-catching fixtures.
"We can compete at the top end but we haven't been able to compete at the bottom," he said. "We haven't been able to beat the teams below us, especially at Goodison. But when it's come to the bigger games we seem to respond to the challenge and we are a match for a lot of teams."
A very satisfying evening was set up by early goals from Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines.
The second-half dismissal of Victor Anichebe did threaten to derail Everton as City pulled a goal back through Yaya Toure's deflected effort.
But the visitors remained strong and ended a seven-match run without a victory.
"The resilience and competitiveness of the team were excellent," said Moyes.
"When we went down to 10 men I thought the evening was going to become even longer but we did a great job.
"They were resilient and stuck to their task. It was the art of defending; blocking shots, getting in the way of things. And the goalkeeper did well, making some terrific saves."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms