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Moyes remains stuck on fifth
05 May 2008 - 10:27:29
Everton manager David Moyes backed his side to clinch fifth spot in the Premier League, despite a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal leaving a tense final day of the season in prospect.
The Toffees hold a three-point advantage over Aston Villa ahead of the visit of Newcastle United and Moyes is still confident that his players can finish the job.
He commented: "I thought we were unfortunate. I am disappointed we didn't get a point we needed because we did enough to get it.
"Arsenal did not have many chances and we played well defensively.
"Three points ahead with a game to go is a position I'm happy to be in though. I am confident the players can do it.
"For long periods we got closer to the top four, for eight months of the season.
"But the clubs above us are used to the last couple of furlongs and we found it tough.
"But saying that we qualified for the Champions League with 61 points a couple years ago and we have got 62 now. Maybe the Premier League has got better.
"Whatever happens next week we already have more points than we ever have before in the Premier League."