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Duncan Ferguson: 'Everton not giving up on top-four race'

Everton first-team coach Duncan Ferguson claims that his side can still muscle in on the top-four race this season following a nine-game unbeaten streak.

Everton first-team coach Duncan Ferguson has insisted that his side can still force their way into the race for a Champions League spot this season.

A breakaway group of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have long been expected to do battle for the top four places in the table, but Everton's recent form has seen them move to within six points of fourth spot.

The Toffees are unbeaten in nine Premier League games and have the joint best record in the league since the turn of the year, and Ferguson is refusing to rule out the possibility of catching the teams above them.

"The last two or three months we've really gelled together," he told Sky Sports News.

"We've found a winning mentality, ground out results. We haven't been playing brilliant but we've been getting good results. I'm hoping that will continue.

"We're not ruling out Europe this year. We're not far away from the top four. If we keep on getting good results we can push for the top four. That's what we're looking for and we can push on for next season."

Everton take on high-flying Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane next weekend.


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Ex-Everton player Duncan Ferguson looks on as the memory of the late Gary Speed is honoured prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on December 4, 2011
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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