Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Wolfsburg

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 20:05

Europa League Group H

The Hawthorns

Last Game

West Brom 0 - 2 Everton

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Neville still targets top four

Everton captain Phil Neville will not allow another frustrating draw to stop the team aiming high.

Last Updated: 13/01/13 at 13:36 Post Comment

Phil Neville: Sights set on top four

Phil Neville: Sights set on top four

Neville's men lost ground in their bid for a top-four spot in the Barclays Premier League as they were held by Swansea in a goalless clash at Goodison Park.

The Merseysiders remain in a healthy fifth place but the result meant they missed the chance to gain ground on Tottenham while Chelsea pulled further away.

Yet with the Toffees traditionally strong in the second half of the season, Neville expects them to keep pushing.

The veteran skipper said: "We need to keep believing and thinking like that, it is the only way to be.

"We want to finish in the top four, and not just fourth. We want to catch Chelsea and Man City.

"We have got to keep aiming high, not waiting for teams to catch us up. We can't look behind us.

"We have got to be positive, look forward to the next games.

"Every game in the Premier League in the next month or two is going to be really difficult.

"It is that time of year, the pitches are getting softer, a bit bobblier and the weather is cold.

"It is about digging out results rather than playing fantastic football. This was a disappointing draw but we live to fight another day."

Everton had numerous opportunities to break the deadlock but did not overwork Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

Neville had one of the better chances early in the second half when he took over an attack from Seamus Coleman and forced Vorm into a low save.

Swansea earned a point through their defensive resilience and actually went the closest to scoring when Michu's attempted chip was palmed onto the crossbar by Tim Howard.

Neville, 35, said: "It was slightly disappointing because we had two or three chances.

"Against teams like Swansea, who drop a bit deeper, you need to take the individual chances.

"We didn't take them but maybe a draw was a fair result in the end.

"We need to play with more speed but we are still in a great position in the league to attack the second half of the season and we are still in the FA Cup."

Swansea were not allowed to play with their usual fluency but they maintained their momentum after impressive recent cup results against Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Welsh side held the Gunners in the FA Cup third round - and will replay this week - before beating Chelsea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

Manager Michael Laudrup made four changes in a bid to freshen up his side after their recent exertions and, after extending their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions, felt it paid off.

He said: "When I am making a programme I have to think about a game and then the next games.

"If somebody has played three games of 90 minutes, for the fourth one I have to rest him.

"They are all important games - on Wednesday we play Arsenal and everybody wants to play at the Emirates.

"Then we play Stoke back in the league, very important. Then we have the second leg against Chelsea.

"After that, if we beat Arsenal, we will have another FA Cup game and then we will have two away games at Sunderland and West Ham in the league in only four days. They are all important.

"It is not to say, 'For this game I leave seven out', it just shows in this moment the confidence and spirit in the team is very good.

"It shows we can change three or four and you don't notice.

"Obviously there are different individual qualities for each player but you don't think the level has gone down. For a manager that is very important."

Laudrup is considering whether to bolster his squad during the current transfer window but is not willing to comment on speculation.

Osasuna forward Roland Lamah has been linked with a move to the Liberty Stadium.

Laudrup said: "I can say nothing is done with any player, in or out. When things are done then we can talk about the players."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

eak points? Play like Villa should work easily enough.

plughead80
Ludogorets target 'weaknesses'

T

hose tight polo shirts he's been wearing on the touchline this season make him look like a lady on a golfing holiday.

walter white
Football Managers On TV: Neil Warnock

A

s a great man once said: Nothing ever changes by staying the same.

walter white
Just Put Him Out Of His Misery...

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham come from behind twice at Hull City to earn 2-2 draw

West Ham twice came from behind to earn a battling 2-2 draw with Hull City in an entertaining clash at the KC Stadium.

Champions League: Martin Skrtel won't play for Liverpool against Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defender Martin Skrtel will not be risked in Liverpool's return to the Champions League.

Champions League: Arsenal face defensive crisis for Borussia Dortmund trip

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

Fixing The Mess At Old Trafford

Plenty of conclusions on United's win over QPR and their missing link(s), more Ozil frustration, how Liverpool are like lasagne, as well as a word on Diego Costa's temperament...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property