Sylvain Distin insists Everton can be pleased with their efforts this season no matter where they finish in the table.
The Blues have kept within touching distance of the Premier League’s pace setters all year and still retain ambitions of qualifying for Europe next term, despite Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Sunderland.
The defeat on Wearside was the Club’s first in the league since mid-February, ending a sequence which had included victories over Reading, Manchester City and Stoke, plus draws away at Tottenham and Arsenal.
And Distin, who made his 36th appearance of the campaign at the Stadium of Light, admits that a testing series of matches may finally have taken its toll.
“We all dream but we have to keep in mind as well that we fight with such a small squad,” said Distin. “You have to remember that. It has been a really good season for us.
“Clearly at the end of the season when you play three games a week it’s a bit difficult, especially for a team like us where we have the same starting 11 most weeks.
“We don’t have a big squad, but we never hide behind this excuse.”
Distin admits the Toffees will need to take a maximum of 12 points from their remaining fixtures and hope results involving Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham fall in their favour if they are to finish in any of the top five positions.
“Winning all our games would have meant we could have kept dreaming and obviously now the dream is going a bit far away,” explained Distin.
“We’ll see about the Europa League now but no matter what happens, we want to win every remaining game until the end of the season. We missed a good chance against Sunderland but there’s always the next game.
“I don’t think we need anything to galvanise us for the rest of the season. We all want the same thing, which is to finish as high as possible. If we had beaten Sunderland, I can promise you nobody would have sat back for the next game. The mentality here is that we want to win every game.”
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