Everton’s Phil Neville was fully confident today in an interview with Everton TV ahead of this weekend’s home clash against Stoke City.
Everton are currently riding a wave of good form that has seen them unbeaten in their last four matches in the Barclays Premier League, including a derby win against rivals Liverpool (2-0) and a good 1-1 away draw against in form Tottenham Hotspur to keep their fans’ hopes of European qualification well and truly alive.
Speaking to Everton TV, captain Phil Neville was confident he and his team mates can get a result from the weekend’s match against Stoke:
“It is a different challenge but a bigger challenge in a way as now people expect us to win,”
“In some ways maybe the pressure was off a little bit against Tottenham and Liverpool.”
“It is a totally different level of expectation but I can’t help but feel momentum is with us. Our confidence is sky high, we are playing with a really good shape and we are looking forward to every game.”
“I know from past experience that when the feeling is there like that and the buzz is around the place then we are a very hard team to play against.”
“Stoke have improved every season they have been in the Premier League, at the start when they came in they were a real up and at ‘em team – I don’t think they have lost that – but they have added a bit more quality this season.”
“I think as a new team in the Premier League you need to keep evolving and they have done that. They have got a really good manager in Tony Pulis. He handles himself really well and they are a tough test for any team. We are going to have to be at our best on Saturday.”
“We kept our momentum going at Spurs, now we have got to deal with Stoke and then take on Blackpool, Bolton and Arsenal. If we can get some good results, we can get right up the table and that is the aim as being mid-table is not good enough for this team.”
Everton are due to play Stoke City this Saturday in the Premier League. The match will kick off at 15:00 BST.