Nev: We Thrive On Great Expectations
Skipper insists Blues will thrive on fans' high expectations.
Phil Neville insists Everton will respond to the high expectations the Blues' good start has fostered.
Everton have played some delightful football this season and currently sit fourth in the Premier League.
With the second of two international breaks now in the past, there is a solid run of league fixtures running up to Christmas.
And the Blues skipper believes this is the time when Everton's destiny will be decided.
Neville told evertontv: "There's a long stretch until Christmas now and it's at this time you have to cement your place in the top four.
"Games come thick and fast and there's no real respite now and we're all looking forward to it.
"We want high expectations. Every singly player needs it. We have international players and they are used to this type of pressure. We want to be successful this year and with that comes expectation."
Neville and the rest of the Everton squad travel to Loftus Road on Sunday to face a QPR side struggling in the early part of the campaign.
But the veteran midfielder warns the Londoners' quality shouldn't be masked by their lowly league position.
"They are desperate for points," he explained. "They have had a massive turnaround of players, five to 10 players have gone and 10 to 15 players have come in.
"They have got real quality in the team and Mark Hughes is a good manager who will obviously want time and needs time for that team to gel.
"You need to find the right formula, the right positions, the right permutations and I think with the calibre of players they have they won't go down this year, that is for sure.
"They have got too many players who have played at the top level and won major honours. It's a tough game for us, on a tight pitch, with a good atmosphere."