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Howard: Everton can't let up

Tim Howard hopes Everton can produce their usual end-of-season form to translate their good start into UEFA Champions League qualification.

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Tim Howard: Keen on Champions League qualification

Tim Howard: Keen on Champions League qualification

Goalkeeper Howard, 33, was a member of the Everton team that drew 0-0 at Southampton on Monday as David Moyes' side closed to within three points of the top four.

Everton are known for being slow starters in previous Premier League campaigns, with a decent run of form after the turn of the year leaving them in the hunt for European qualification.

But this season they picked up a good haul of points before Christmas and Howard wants that to continue until May.

He said: "It is going to be a matter of whether we can put two halves together.

"That is what everyone is wondering and it is our job to keep it up and keep our levels high.

"When we don't perform well we need to get something out of it and so at the moment that is working."

Moyes said the draw at St Mary's was a missed opportunity for his side, but Howard is pleased to keep the points tally ticking over with so many big clubs targeting a top-four finish.

He said: "It is easy to say 'what if?' but I always think if we can keep picking up points here and there it is better than a loss. It just depends how you look at it.

"We are right there in the mix and it is going to go week-to-week now.

"We are three points off Spurs, Liverpool are four points behind us and Arsenal are four [points behind] with a game in hand, so if everyone does their job, it is going to be basically who wins the head-to-head battles."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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