Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is disappointed after his side dropped out of the top four by losing 3-2 to Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday, but is still sure they can beat Arsenal to a Champions League place.

Early goals from Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann saw the Eagles take the lead in the first half, then Cameron Jerome added a third in the second. Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas’ strikes did try to reduce the difference for the Toffees, but they ultimately went down to Tony Pulis’ team in only their second home defeat this season.

With just four games remaining in the Premier League for the Toffees, they are currently fifth, one point behind Arsenal, and Martinez feels that they can still make it to the Champions League next year.

“We have 12 points to play for, we are close to fourth place and we are still in a good position”, the Spanish manager told the club’s site.


“I don’t think Arsenal will take maximum points from their remaining games.

"After the weekend [dropping out of the top four] is a disappointment, but if you looked at the start of the season, it’s a magnificent position.

“The way we finished the second half gives me great optimism we can finish the season strongly”, the 40-year-old added.

Everton will face Manchester United on Sunday and with games against Southampton, Manchester City and Hull City still to go, will be hoping to finish the season on a high.

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