Saturday, 29th September, 2012
Everton boss David Moyes has tried to keep his team’s feet on the ground, despite them moving up to second in the Premier League by beating Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park.
The Toffees powered to victory with goals from Leon Osman (24th minute) and Nikica Jelavic (32nd and 37th minutes), after Uruguayan gem Gaston Ramirez had put the Saints ahead with just six minutes on the clock.
Everton have made a superb start to the season whichever way the table is analysed and dreams of an unlikely top four challenge, for a spot in next season’s Champions League, are beginning to be taken ever more seriously.
However, Moyes is keen to keep things in perspective, insisting that avoiding relegation is the first order of business, before then beginning to think about pushing for a place in Europe.
"If I had paid to watch that then I would have been pleased", the Everton boss told the BBC.
"Some of our play in the first half had me clapping and smiling even though we never put it to bed completely", he added, before speaking about season targets.
"I’m not daft enough to get carried away. Hopefully if we get up there then we’ll stay up there, but I don’t think Manchester United or Manchester City will be too worried about Everton right now.
"The first thing is to avoid relegation and then the next thing is to see if we can get a Euro spot.
"For me that is the way it is always going to be – that’s not me talking it down."
Next for Everton are two Premier League clashes they will believe are very winnable – Wigan (away) and QPR (away) – before a Merseyside derby against Liverpool on 28th October at Goodison Park.
Finishing above the big spending Reds for the second successive season would be a big feather in Everton’s cap and point to Moyes’ men having overtaken their neighbours despite operating on a meagre budget.