Magnificent Achievement

David Weir insists that the disappointing last week of the season hasn't taken the shine off what has been a magnificent campaign for Everton Football Club.

Despite two defeats in five days the Blue have finished in fourth position and are eagerly awaiting a Champions League qualifier at the end of August.

Scotland international Weir is proud of that fact though admits that the team may have suffered since their status was confirmed last Sunday afternoon.

He told evertonfc.com: "As a professional you've always got to give your all and I think we've done that over the course of the season and I think we've done that in every game.

"I think maybe we'd peaked before the last two games but our job is done now. We'd rather have come up with two good performances at the end to put the icing on the cake.

"But looking back over the season we've got a lot to be proud of as a group. We've been limited in numbers, we were written off at the start of the season, nobody fancied us and we've proved our critics wrong. We've come together as a group and we can be proud of our achievements."

Weir also believes that the outcome of this season is massive because Everton have finished at the top of their league - behind Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Weir added: "It's as good as anything. The top three teams are on a different level. We've finished ahead of Liverpool, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, teams with vast resources, big squads and quality players but we've finished above them and we've got to be proud of that.

"It's an unbelievable feeling. The players and the staff should be proud of it and I hope they get the recognition they deserve.

"The fans should be proud as well. They've backed us all season. If you'd said at the start of the season that we'd finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League the fans would have bitten your hands off.

"I think we've got to enjoy it and celebrate what we've achieved and it's important to focus on the achievements of the season. The season is over the course of 38 games and over the course of those 38 games we're the fourth best.

"We're not happy about the last two results obviously, there are things we need to look at, but we're the fourth best team in the country and that's a massive achievement."

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