Everton manager David Moyes has warned his players not to think that they are too good to become embroiled in a relegation fight.
The Toffees currently lie a mere two points above the drop zone, having struggled for form in the opening half of the season, while Moyes has battled with a string of injury setbacks.
He told reporters:"By this time, the league has taken shape and we have an idea of where clubs will be. You will get someone making a push at the top and someone down at the bottom.
"We have to make sure that is us, because we are too near the trap-door for comfort at the moment. Our form has improved, the points tally has not.
"But draws against Spurs and Chelsea have certainly lifted the confidence and we played well enough to have beaten Birmingham, who are on a good run at the moment.
"I am frustrated with the results of late, but performances have improved. We just need to get three points to go with better displays.
"But I don't want anyone saying we should not be where we are. The league is forming now, you can see the various levels.
"We cannot say the current position is not a true reflection on our season, because it is a true reflection."