Monday, 14th January, 2013

Everton captain Phil Neville believes that the Toffees should remember that they are still in a great position in the Premier League, despite there being a real sense of disappointment that they could not beat Swansea City this weekend.

The Toffees were fancied to collect three points at Goodison Park, but could not break through a resolute Swansea defence and were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw.

In the race for a top four Champions League spot, that could be seen as two points dropped.

But Neville is determined to look on the bright side.


"It was frustrating and it was always going to be one of those days. They got men behind the ball and it was obvious from the start that they were going to camp in their own box but they were going to hit us on the counter attack", he told his club’s official site.

"They’re a good team, they’re in a good run of form and we needed to be patient and we needed to take our chances when we got them, and we didn’t. We had a couple of half chances in the first half, a couple of headers in the second half and we just didn’t quite put the ball in the back of the net.

"At the end of the day you’ve got to take the positives – it was a clean sheet and we’ve not gone down any positions in the league. We’re still in a great position and we keep going forward."

Everton sit fifth in the Premier League table, four points behind that all-important fourth spot, which is currently occupied by Tottenham Hotspur.

Next up for the Toffees is a trip south to face Southampton next Monday, before a return to the FA Cup to play either Bolton Wanderers or Sunderland. Everton will be keen to make progress in the FA Cup, a competition they reached the semi-final stage of last season.

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