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Moyes: Top-10 finish would be great

Everton boss David Moyes still feels any kind of a top-10 finish in the Barclays Premier League this term would represent a "great" outcome for his side.

The Toffees have finished between eighth and fifth in each of the last five seasons and look set for something similar this time round having made their customary surge in the latter half of the campaign.

Reacting to the suggestion that seventh would be a good position to finish in, Moyes said: "I think 10th would be. You can look back, and I've said if Everton finish in the top 10 I think it will be a great position for the season and how it has been."

He added: "It shows you where expectations have gone to at Everton. We are expecting cup finals and finishing around seventh regularly."

Moyes' men have lost only twice in 13 league games and with five remaining - the next being Sunday's lunchtime kick-off at table-toppers Manchester United - they are seventh, some way off the top six but crucially a point clear of local rivals Liverpool, who came from behind to beat them 2-1 in last weekend's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Moyes has vowed Everton will give their all to finish the season strongly and is not looking to discourage high hopes among supporters. The Scot is trying to keep things in perspective, though, particularly in light of the relatively modest amount of money the club has spent this term.

"It is good - it is my job to raise expectations and that has certainly happened," he said.

"That is because over the last few years we have finished sixth, seventh, eighth or around there, but there has been a lot of money spent by clubs trying to overtake us.

"I have said many times this season the Fulhams, the Sunderlands, the Stokes have all spent pretty well to try to do that.

"We hadn't spent to overtake the teams above us - the likes of Liverpool or Tottenham - so we were always going to be the team to possibly drop down."

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