Everton boss Roberto Martinez has cooled talk of a sustained title challenge.

The Toffees head into Christmas just two points off the top of the Barclays Premier League, having lost just once.

Martinez said: "We are in December. I would not be foolish enough to speak about the league. It is too early in the season.

"All we are doing is trying to be very consistent in our performances. The stats reflect that - only one defeat in 17 is a consistent way of performing.

"The next thing is to carry on developing, carry on working hard. I feel we haven't reached our full potential and that excites me.

"That is the only focus that we have through this festive period.

"We just want to get to April with the biggest amount of points we can.

"That is the moment to sit down and look at the table and set the aims for the season in the league campaign."