Moyes looks to top ten
David Moyes continues to play down the prospect of his side finishing above Liverpool in the league this season.
While the Reds were being beaten 1-0 at home by Fulham on Tuesday evening, the Toffees earned a 1-1 draw at Stoke. It meant Everton, seventh in the table, stretched their unbeaten run in the league to seven matches and, perhaps even more satisfyingly, extended their advantage over eighth-placed Liverpool by another point.
Toffees fans will be eager for their team to better their local rivals' final league position for what would be the first time since 2005, particularly after the Reds' 2-1 triumph in last month's derby FA Cup semi-final. Moyes, though, has been keen to stress his belief that any kind of top-10 finish would represent a job well done for his men this term, a stance that has not changed.
Asked after the Stoke game about the prospect of finishing above Liverpool, Moyes said: "I feel that if we can just try to keep winning, I will be pleased that we finish in the top 10.
"I think this point might just about get us that. If you said that to me at the start of the season, I would have taken that all day long.
"Certainly our form from January (Everton have lost only twice in 16 league games since mid-January) might be better than just top-10, but at the start of the season, I would have said 'no, I'm happy with that'."