Toffees' top four hopes on hold - but maybe only for a year
By Toffees reporter
Tuesday 27 Apr 2010 22:24:00
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Mikel Arteta believes Everton can push for a top-four finish next season – as long as they build on the massive progress they have made this term.

The Toffees look like they will just miss out on a European spot this season despite a surge up the table which has made David Moyes’ men the form team of the season’s second half.

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Arteta told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I think we are good enough to get into the top four. But it’s no good us saying that, without all of these problems, we could have been in there now.

‘What we need to do first is keep everyone fit. Then we have to work really hard and do the right things.

‘We’ve been on really good run for 20 or so games now. That’s all we can do right now, try to win the last two games of the season and leave a good feeling for the club and the fans over the summer. We can then build on that for next season.

‘It’s in our character to keep fighting. That’s who we are. But we’ve improved because we have really good players now. We’ve been playing together for a long time. We know we have the confidence and ability to play that kind of football whereas maybe two years ago we used to play it long a lot more.

‘We know now that even if we are behind we can carry on and trust and believe we can still win. That’s what we try to do.

‘It has been a big step forward for us, in terms of the quality of players we have now and the way we control games. We look more comfortable, like we want to dominate games, not just get a goal and then sit back and try to nick the points.

‘We changed a few things and started to play better last year, but I think the last few games have taken us on another step.’

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