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Distin Keeping Calm

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Sylvain Distin says Everton's squad carries the right balance of confidence as the race for the top four hots up.
 
The Frenchman was in typically fine form for the weekend's 3-0 triumph over Arsenal - a result which puts the Blues a point behind the Gunners with a game in hand.
 
Next up is a trip to rock-bottom Sunderland, but Distin is not one for getting carried away with the Champions League talk.
 
Asked how the team were feeling in the aftermath of Sunday's win at Goodison, he told evertontv: "We're the same as usual. We're pretty confident because we know if we're all at it, we can compete against anyone.
 
"The Premier League is a really tough league and each week you see a result no one expected, so as a player you can't allow yourself to be overconfident.
 
"It's going to be a tough game no matter what the opponent's position or who you play.
 
"We're going to go there confident, but not overly so."
 
The Blues are now looking to extend a six-game winning streak and with Arsenal in mixed form, many pundits are tipping Roberto Martinez's men to pip the Londoners to fourth spot.
 
For the players themselves, the focus is purely on the next game - a strategy that has provided the momentum for a promising end to the season.
 
Distin added: "Because we won against Arsenal, people believe it's nearly done, but it's far away from being done. We've got a tough team to play and it won't be easy.
 
"It's one step closer, but still a long way. I'm going to take it game after game and see where we are at the end.
 
"If anyone expects an easy game , they'll be wrong. We'll have to remain focused and positive to make sure we get three points."

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