Sylvain Distin insists a disappointing February should not tarnish what has so far been a successful season for Everton.
The Blues put to bed a run of four games without victory by comprehensively beating Oldham on Tuesday – a result which set up an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Wigan Athletic in a week’s time.
As the Premier League ticks into its final two-and-a-half months, Everton also sit three points above city rivals Liverpool, with European qualification still a very real possibility.
“If you look at last month, it might have been disappointing, but in the big picture we are sixth in the league,” the defender told evertontv. “We are not too far from fourth spot, when we are competing against teams who have spent maybe six or 10 times the amount of money we have.
“We are still in the cup too, so it’s hard to be disappointed when you look at everything.”
While Everton are firm favourites to record their seventh home win of the season against second-bottom Reading, Distin says it will not be easy against a side scrapping for their Premier League lives.
Brian McDermott’s team were thumped at home 3-0 by Wigan Athletic last Saturday but could move out of the drop zone with a positive result this weekend.
He continued: “We are expecting another tough game, especially because they [Reading] are not in a good position. They are going to come here to try to get some points – even one will be good for them.
“They are not going to give up from the first second until the last. They are going to give everything - that is what is going to happen because 90 per cent of the teams still have something to play for in this league.
“We want to win this match, but not because of what happened before [at the Madejski]. We want to win because of the position we are in now and where we want to finish. Every single point is going to be important between now and the end of the season.”
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