Naismith: We will fight to the end

, 30 April, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
No let up against Man City in search for European football

Steven Naismith says that even though Arsenal are now the overwhelming favourites to finish in the coveted fourth Champions League slot, Everton's players will not give up until it's mathematically impossible.

Furthermore, with Tottenham just three points behind, the Blues desperate to finish at least fifth and likely needing a win from one of their last two matches to secure it, it means they will not be taking their foot off the pedal against title-chasing Manchester City on Saturday.

The Citizens can, in all likelihood, edge Liverpool for the Premier League crown if they win their remaining three games and that has created a dilemma for some Evertonians who would find a first championship for the Reds in 24 years deeply unpalatable.

Naismith, however, is adamant that the players want European football.

All we are concentrating on is securing European football," he tells We would be so disappointed if we couldn't finish in fifth. I think we have deserved it for the way we have played this season and the push we have had for fourth.

It's disappointing that we [seem] to have missed out on [finishing fourth] because, although it's not mathematically impossible, we slipped up against Crystal Palace and at the weekend.

We will definitely be doing all we can but Arsenal have capitalised. We will fight to the end but the main thing is that we have got to finish fifth.

Everton's vastly superior goal difference means that assuming they won the early kick off against West Ham, Spurs wouldn't be able to overtake them should Roberto Martinez's men win on Saturday irrespective of what happens at Hull on the final day. Victory over Man City would also put a little more pressure back on Arsenal when they take on West Bromwich Albion — any slip by the Gunners in that instance would put the Blues back in contention heading into the final weekend of the campaign.

"[Manchester City] got a lot of confidence from last week and will be able to see the finishing line to win the Championship," Naismith continues. We need to start well, control what we can, play the way we can, and take our chances when they come along.

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