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Posted on 10 January 2003  - 12:00

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Glenn Hoddle insists we're fully focused on the 'achieveable' target of qualifying for Europe via the Premiership.

We currently sit in ninth place in the Premiership just four points behind fifth-placed Everton, who arrive at the Lane for a cracker on Sunday.

"There are no cups to distract us," said Glenn. "We would have loved that distraction but we find ourselves out.

"Every game now will be a major focus on us to make a massive effort to get into Europe. I think that's achieveable and that's what we're turning our minds to now."

Glenn is well aware that the nature of the Premiership this season means you can climb or fall at a rapid rate after positive or negative results.

We've experienced it first hand - if we'd have won at Newcastle on December 29 we would have gone into fourth but instead, narrow defeats at St James and Southampton saw us slip to ninth.

"It's a strange league this year," reasoned Glenn. "Normally by now there are three divisions within it. That isn't the case this year. There is not a lot between fourth and 14th.

"We're still all jostling for positions, as I see it. If come April we're still in a position to go for European spot, that's what it's all about.

"There are probably eight or nine teams out there looking to do the same. It's competitive out there but we're competing. We've proved that with a lot of performances this season, Arsenal at home is one that springs to mind. We've now got to compete over a longer period.

"We've always said Europe is one of the things we want to achieve at this club and that is certainly where we're aiming."

Glenn Hoddle says the players and staff 'can't wait' for Sunday's Premiership encounter against Everton.

The boss reiterated that everyone was 'bitterly disappointed' at last week's FA Cup exit at Southampton but are now raring to get back into action against high-flying Toffees.

"It was a one-off," reasoned Glenn of the 4-0 loss at St Mary's. "We played very well in the previous games and had nothing to show for it. We've got to bounce back now. Everton is a big game and we have to focus on every game now.

"You are always disappointed when you go out of a cup, that goes without saying.

"We've played well in this spell and played better against Newcastle and the first game against Southampton than we did against City. That's football and that's this league.

"People might focus on that cup result but we won't. If it becomes a pattern it becomes a big problem. But there isn't a problem like that.

"I know the players, the staff, we can't wait for Sunday to come around. It is a big game for us.

"So I don't want to dwell on the cup game. We're looking ahead to Everton now, we've fixed our minds on that. We've dealt with the cup, it's in the past and it has to be a platform to go into this game.

"We can't wait to get out there and play again."

Glenn Hoddle gives full credit to David Moyes for turning Everton's fortunes around.

The former Preston boss has made the Toffees a force again this season and the Merseysiders are in the thick of the battle for European qualification.

The signings of Richard Wright, Joseph Yobo and Li Tie alongside the striking partnership of Kevin Campbell and Tomasz Radzinski and, of course, the raw talent of Wayne Rooney have all contributed to Everton's progress.

It's a stark contrast to recent seasons when the Goodison outfit have constantly struggled against the threat of relegation.

"David's had a great start to the season," said Glenn. "Credit to him, he's done a great job to turn it around there very quickly.

"Everton have a very good mixture of experience and youth to work with and that's a nice balance in his squad.

"They've been on a good run. Obviously last week would have been a blow but they've put in some very solid performances and they are well organised. It will be a tough one."

You are always disappointed when you go out of a cup, that goes without saying. But there is a bigger picture here and we've always had to keep one eye on that picture. It's disappointing we haven't gone on a cup run but as I said, that will only make us focus on our Premiership performances now. Maybe it might be a blessing in disguise.