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Martinez: Sustain The Standard

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Roberto Martinez has challenged his players to maintain the standards that have seen Everton climb to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table.

Three successive top-flight victories over Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle have catapulted the unbeaten Blues into the Champions League qualification places.

Everton can rise even higher this weekend and three points against Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime would send Martinez’s side level on points with pace-setters Arsenal.

While Martinez admits he has been buoyed by the recent form, he says the Blues must not become distracted by their lofty league position.

“It was a great target before the [Newcastle] game and now it’s a great target to maintain for as long as we can,” he told evertontv.

“But obviously we are in October and now is not the time to be looking at the table.

“Now is the time to keep those standards, to keep growing and keep all the players fit so we have that competition that is going to drive us until the end of the season.”

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