Belfast Telegraph

Moyes aiming high

David Moyes has promised Everton will "shoot for the stars" as they bid to continue their fine start to the season with victory at winless QPR on Sunday.

The notoriously slow starters have been one of the form teams of the opening two months of the season and travel to Loftus Road with 14 points from seven games. Pundits are already talking about Everton as potential challengers for a Champions League spot, and it is the kind of pressure Moyes relishes.

"I enjoy being near the top of the league, and what comes with that is people thinking how well you're doing and talking in a positive fashion," he said. "I enjoy that and it's something I would like to happen more often when we're talking about Everton at the top and how well we might do. We'll shoot for the stars and see where we end up."

Moyes is confident the international break will not disrupt his side's rhythm but does want them to tighten up at the back after conceding eight goals so far.

He said: "Our attacking play has been excellent, we've probably created as many chances as anybody in the Premier League and had as many shots as anybody, so we're certainly up with the main teams doing that.

"We've got to make sure that we're a little bit harder to beat, but our points tally is good for this time of the season. We've normally got about five or six at this time of the year so to have what we have is good.

"But we've got to build on it, we have to try to make sure we kick on, and I see this period as a difficult period. We've got quite a few difficult away games in London and a derby to play."

QPR were one of the summer's bigger spenders and had been expected to fare better, but Moyes believes it is only a matter of time before the team gels.

The Scot said: "That's the one thing I feel we've had over the years is that constant team and stability where we've got a group of players we know are with us and we try not to change it around too much.

"We have to make additions every year but I think when you're coming up and you're trying to build a new team, which is maybe what Mark's doing, it's very difficult."

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