The Blues skipper reckons the run of fixtures between now and the festive period will be pivotal in deciding the Blues’ destiny this term, and insists they can cope with the high expectations the their good start has fostered. Everton resume top flight action against QPR on Sunday after the second of two international breaks is over, and the 35-year-old is relishing the chance to focus on their ambitions for this term. He said:
“There’s a long stretch until Christmas now and it’s at this time you have to cement your place in the top four.
“Games come thick and fast and there’s no real respite now and we’re all looking forward to it.
“We want high expectations. Every single player needs it. We have international players and they are used to this type of pressure. We want to be successful this year and with that comes expectation.”
QPR are bottom of the table, but Neville warns the Londoners’ quality shouldn't be masked by their lowly league position. “They are desperate for points,” he said. “They have had a massive turnaround of players, five to 10 players have gone and 10 to 15 players have come in.