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
"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
"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
"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."