David Moyes hopeful of top-four finish after goalless draw against Arsenal
Everton manager David Moyes believes Everton still has a chance of finishing in the top-four, but they will have to will all of the remaining five games in order to achieve it. Such statements arrive after Everton recorded goalless draw against Arsenal on Tuesday night.
The Scotsman’s men managed to keep Arsenal’s attack at bay, although they had travelled to play at the Emirates. Arsenal came up with splendid attacks, but Everton used their physical qualities to superbly to draw from the Arsenal side.
“It was a really good game,” said David Moyes, who was quite satisfied with his team’s performance. “It was end to end and we played some really good stuff. I'm not too despondent with a point, even though we wanted to win. We got about the game, went after it. We were trying to make a real game of it.”
Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud came closest to drawing blood, but he failed to test the full potential of the resilient Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. Meanwhile, Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman made crucial clearances from the box in moments of danger. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain troubled Everton’s defense for a bit, but the youngster was silenced in the later stages of the game.
“We got a little bit fortunate,” David Moyes told Sky Sports 2. “A couple of bits of defending were fantastic to ensure we didn't concede a goal.”
David Moyes admits it was crucial extract a point from the game, since it keeps Everton’s hope of a Champions League berth alive. However, the Goodison Park boss has urged his men not to drop any further points if they want to finish in the top-four of the Premier League.
“I am pleased with the performance, and with the result,” David Moyes added. “You are never disappointed taking a point at the Emirates, you can't be with the quality they have here. We went to try and win it. We knew if we got three points here we would have a real chance (of the top four), but a point keeps us ticking along.
“I think that result suits Spurs more than anybody... but I don't think we are out of place where we are. It is hard for us compared to clubs like Arsenal, but we go out on the pitch and do everything we can to beat them, make sure they don't beat us. Everton, as a team, played really well tonight.
“I would take it (the Europa League), but I am going to try and get the Champions League - if we are still getting that mention in mid-April, then it is not bad for Everton.”