James McCarthy insists Everton can make the top four this season despite damaging back-to-back defeats to their Premier League rivals.
After encouraging early-season form, the Toffees were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United and then lost 2-1 at Arsenal to drop down to 11th – seven points adrift of the Champions League qualification spots.
However Roberto Martinez’s side secured some respite by beating Norwich City 4-3 on penalties to progress to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, and McCarthy remains encouraged by the quality of the squad at Goodison Park.
“The top four is still our aim. It is still early in the season,” the Republic of Ireland midfielder said. “We know we have a good enough squad here to push for European places.
“We know that every single one of us wants to push up the table and we are all in it together.
“Each and every one of us in the dressing room wants to get in the European places but we won’t look too far ahead of ourselves, we want some silverware.”
Earlier this week, Ross Barkley admitted it was time for Everton to end their trophy drought – with the club having last lifted silverware in 1995 when they beat Manchester United to win the FA Cup.
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