Distin keeping his feet on the ground

11/12/2012

Sylvain Distin has hailed the never-say-die mentality that brought Everton back from the dead against Spurs yesterday but insists that it's too early to start dreaming of Champions League qualification.

After putting in another near-faultless display at the heart of the Blues' defence, the Frenchman was unfortunate to provide the crucial deflection that carried the ball over Tim Howard's despairing dive and into the net to hand Spurs what looked to be an undeserved winner.

But in the aftermath of what turned into a thrilling victory, Distin lauded the self-belief that's ingrained in the squad at the moment.

"We always believe we can win and we proved it again," the 34 year-old said. "We were unfortunate with the goal we conceded but we never stopped believing and we always kept fighting.

"We don't have to think about it, that is the mentality at Everton and after two weeks at the club that is how you behave because you follow the rest of the squad.

"Whether we are 1-0 down or 2-0 up, we play from the first second to the last second.

He credits much of that to the mindset of manager David Moyes.

"When you join a club like Everton it feels like home after two weeks and it comes naturally - if not you have the gaffer on your back at the end of the game and you don't want that."

Despite the supporters being on cloud nine following yesterday's heroics at Goodison, Distin isn't getting carried away, insisting that at the very least Everton have to get through the Christmas programme into the New Year before their league position will start to become meaningful.

"It doesn't mean a lot to us now," he said. "It is obviously better to be there than in the bottom four but it is too early.

"The more time goes and more you stay in this position then the more you start to believe.

"But I can't see any easy games. Every game is important and we are really focused on what we want to do."

Quotes or other material sourced from The Independent

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Bjørn-Ivar Pedersen
571 Posted 11/12/2012 at 18:39:40
I am still convinced he have at least one more season to give us, so he should be given a year extension to his contract. Neville on the other hand, should be given a contract as a coach and coach only.
Peter Warren
591 Posted 11/12/2012 at 19:54:30
Neville is a weak link but our squad is tiny and useful utility player to have and disagree that he should be discarded

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