Phil Neville hopeful of maintaining top-four challenge

Everton midfielder Phil NevillePhil Neville hopes that Everton can maintain their early season form and challenge for Champions League qualification.

The Toffees have moved away from their ‘slow starters’ tag this term, notching a series of impressive displays to move into fifth position in the Premier League.

With the Festive period marking the half-way point of the season, Neville hopes the team can continue their surge, and achieve the goal set for them at the start of the campaign by manager David Moyes:

“I think we are doing really well,” he told SkySports.

“I think next week, when we play Wigan, is the turn of the year, is the halfway point, and if we can be in fifth or fourth position, that’s where we wanted to be at the start of the season.

“That’s the goal that the manager set us, be in the top four or be in and around the top four by the time we get to Christmas.

“After Christmas, that’s where the league takes shape and we normally come good after Christmas. The second half of the season is where go up a couple of gears and I still think there is more to come from the team.

“We are playing well, we aren’t losing many games, we are playing with confidence, playing good football, but I still think there is more to come.”