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Howard out for revenge

Tim Howard insists Everton will use the hurt of their FA Cup exit to inspire their quest to snatch fourth place in the Barclays Premier League from Arsenal.

We are looking forward to playing Arsenal.

We still have a sour taste in our mouth about what happened at Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup, so we will try and put that right at home.

Two weeks ago we were looking to catch Tottenham, now we are asking ourselves 'can we catch Arsenal?'.

We're not favourites to finish fourth because gap is still four points.

It's in our hands because we have a game in hand and we have to play them, but there is still have that four-point lead so it is difficult.

– Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard


Martinez eyes competitive ending

Everton boss Roberto Martinez predicted the race for the fourth Champions League place will go down to the wire following Sunday's 3-1 victory at Fulham.

Being in this position gives us an understanding of what a good season we've had.

With the points we have, we have a realistic chance to fight for that aim (Champions League).

I'm not saying we're going to get that because we admire Arsenal because they get in the Champions League consistently.

They have developed a real understanding (of) what to do in these games, so that makes Sunday a phenomenal challenge.

It will probably go down to the last game of the season.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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Martinez: Short period makes Magath's job easier

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Fulham counterpart Felix Magath's task of avoiding relegation was actually made easier by the lack of time he was given to save the club.

The German, the Cottagers' third boss this season, took over in mid-February after a chaotic period which saw Rene Meulensteen's spell in charge ended after just two months.

When you have 25 games to go in a season it becomes very difficult because there is so much talk about what could happen and what direction you can go.

Everyone has an opinion and it can affect the team but when it is a short period of time it is very straightforward.

It is a narrow approach and all you need to do is try to get as many points as you can and try to carry momentum from game to game.

It is clear Felix Magath has the experience to provide a very difficult game in every game he puts his Fulham side out in.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Osman eyeing top four

Midfielder Leon Osman is refusing to rule out Everton's chances of Champions League qualification after an impressive victory at Newcastle.

We have got to play some of the big teams yet and we are certainly vying for it ourselves.

We are the outsiders at the minute, but we are going to keep ticking along and see how close we can get.

We had had back-to-back wins before last night and we were desperate to make it three on the run.

It's important that we have started to pick up points away from home to get us in the direction we are going for.

– Leon Osman speaking to Everton Player

Martinez excited by Everton run-in

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is relishing a potentially thrilling end to the Barclays Premier League season as he sets his sights on the Champions League.

There are going to be a lot of twists and turns. I just think you can't look elsewhere.

I am just looking at the points tally. I just feel if we can get anywhere near 71, 72 points and that gets us into the Champions League, it will be an outstanding achievement.

If that doesn't get us into the Champions League, it will be a phenomenal season from our point of view, so I am not looking elsewhere at all.

We have got Arsenal to play at home, we have got Manchester United and Manchester City, so in that respect it's a really good fixture list for us, glamorous.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez
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