Jack Rodwell sets sights on top five after Man United victory: Everton FC latest

22 February 2010 07:00
Jack Rodwell

EVERTON teenager Jack Rodwell believes the Blues' growing string of top four scalps means a top five finish is not beyond them.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who scored a fine individual goal to cement Everton's 3-1 victory over Manchester United, feels that the confidence in the Toffees camp has never been higher.

Rodwell, who was joined on the scoresheet by fellow substitute Dan Gosling, said: 'We've beaten Man City, Chelsea and now Man United. We've had some great results at home and the confidence is brilliant. I really think we can go and do good things this season.

'Just to get on against United was great but to score and beat them was the icing on the cake. Mikel played a lovely ball into me and I looked up and thought 'There's a lot of space here'. Louis was pulling off and I thought 'I'm one on one with the defender, all I have to do is take it past him', which I did and luckily got the goal.

'Mikel Arteta was amazing against United and he's been out for a year. Who knows where we'd have been with him? Jagielka hasn't played and he was our best player last season. The future really is bright for Everton at the moment.'

The England Under-21 star has been kept out of the team by a combination of injury and Marouane Fellaini's emergence in the midfield holding role. But he feels the Belgian's six-month lay-off with a damaged ankle will offer him a way back into the first team.

He said: 'Sometimes you get your chances from other people's injuries, which is unfortunate for them but you've got to take that chance.

'I've been working hard in training, keeping my head down and hopefully I'll get a run in the back end of the season.

'I've been out for six weeks and it was really frustrating. It's hard to get back in the team now but I'm focused and that's what I intend to do.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo

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