Manager David Moyes believes that his Everton side are still massive outsiders to qualify for European football next season.
The Toffees are currently in eighth place in the Premier League and have lost just once in their last seven games, but Moyes doubts whether his side can fully overcome a slow start to the campaign.
He told reporters: "We are going to have to win a lot of the games to have any chance. We are playing catch-up and coming from miles behind everybody."
Without a string of early-season injuries, Moyes also feels that Everton could have challenged for a top-four finish.
He added: "I have said all along if we could have had all our players for most of the season I might have thought so.
"I think we believed the players could - that is why at the start of the season we were so despondent because I was saying this group should be doing much better.
"I had to look at myself to see if it was me, because the players should have been doing much better.
"Thankfully, once we started to get one or two back, and one or two came back into form, we started to turn the corner and we kicked on."