Champions League still the target


Despite another draw, Phil Jagielka believes Everton are giving themselves a great chance of winning a Champions League place.

The draw at Manchester City, where they could have won had it not been for very soft penalty for the home side, keeps them in touch at the top end of the table.

Everton’s point was a valuable one as their rivals for fourth spot didn’t fair so well with West Brom, Chelsea and Arsenal all losing so David Moyes’ side are only three points behind Spurs who visit Goodison next Sunday.

“It is going to be quite wide open,” said the centre-back. “The last few seasons, the Premier League has gone a little bit crazy, with teams finishing almost anywhere.

“The title has been between two or three teams but the Champions League is there for anyone. Tottenham have done it, Newcastle had a crack at it.

“We have only got to look back at the last two seasons to see how we have started. We haven’t given ourselves a chance.

“We aren’t favourites to finish fourth by any stretch of the imagination but at least we are in the mix. It’s no good if you are having to claw back a 20-point gap at Christmas.”