Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is eyeing a fourth-place finish for the Merseyside club.

The perennial slow starters have bucked the trend by beginning quickly this season and currently find themselves sitting fourth on the Premier League table after 10 matches.

Ahead of tomorrow's home meeting with Sunderland, USA international Howard has urged the team to keep pushing forward with positive results so they can clinch a Champions League position.

"There have been a few too many draws recently, but we are not discouraged by that," said Howard.

"I think you can see that our performances have been good, and what I've come to realise in the last 10 years is that if you keep your performance level high, more often than not you get results.

"I think there are certain teams where, if they play as well as they possibly can over 38 games, the best position they can probably finish in is 10th because that is the quality they have, and that is the reality of it.

"But the reality of our situation is that if we play really well over the course of 38 games, we have the talent to finish fourth.

"There is not a lack of quality - it is just about making sure we stay consistent over the long haul. And can we do it? Yes, we can do it."

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