Marouane Fellaini says Everton’s last three results are evidence they can maintain their quest for a top-four finish.
After two 1-1 draws against Arsenal and Manchester City, David Moyes’ men moved back into the Champions League qualification places on Sunday following the dramatic, last-gasp win over fellow high-fliers Tottenham Hotspur.
Fellaini is now in his fifth season at Goodison Park, having joined the Club from Standard Liege in the summer of 2008.
And the Belgian insists the current squad of players – a group he credits for helping him scoop his recent player of the month accolade - is the strongest he has played with.
“I’m happy but if I didn’t have my teammates I wouldn’t be player of the month,” Fellaini told evertontv. “For me, the most important thing is victory with the team. I hope the club continues like this.
“I have played here for five years now and it is the first time we are in the top four. I hope the team stays there.
“If you lose two games you can drop down the table. If we win this week and at West Ham we will stay in the top four.
“My teammates are also in good form. We have won some games and drawn against some of the big teams. It’s been good for the team.”
Having played three of their last four Premier League matches at Goodison Park, Everton now embark on successive away fixtures at the Britannia Stadium and Upton Park in the build-up to Christmas.
The Blues have only taken one point from their last three visits to the Potteries, but Fellaini is confident the balance can be redressed this Saturday given Everton’s current hot streak of form.
“It’s a difficult game because it is physical,” added the 25-year-old. “It’s hard to play away against Stoke and I hope the team can win there. It’s difficult but we have a chance.”