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Howard holds top-four hope

Tim Howard believes a top-four finish is still within Everton's reach, but admits they will require a helping hand if they are to hit that target.

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Tim Howard: Ruling nothing out in the race for a top-four finish

Tim Howard: Ruling nothing out in the race for a top-four finish

The Toffees have kept themselves in contention for a UEFA Champions League spot with a run of only one defeat in eight.

Five victories have been collected during that stretch, meaning David Moyes' men sit sixth - just five points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.

Howard concedes that it will be a big ask to overhaul the Gunners, and their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but the American goalkeeper is refusing to give up the fight.

He told Sky Sports News HD: "I think we've always been a dark horse, we've always been the outsider in that race, and we still are.

"If we put a few moments of magic together, if we can win out, which is never easy with the games that we have, and we can get some help in and around us, anything is possible."

The next hurdle for Howard and Everton to cross comes in the form of a derby date with Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Sunday, and the Toffees are aware that the Reds cannot be taken lightly after hammering Newcastle United 6-0 in their first outing without the suspended Luis Suarez.

Howard added: "All the talk has been about how Suarez has carried them, maybe rightfully so, but boy have they made a statement and shown everybody that they also can find goals from other places.

"They are a threat, we know that, and I think we'll have mapped out a plan to try and beat them come Sunday."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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