Howard: 'It's In Our Hands'
Blues must seek points against fellow European hopefuls, says Tim.
Tim Howard believes Everton can make their own luck going into the final games of the season.
Saturday’s 1-0 win over Stoke was the Blues' third consecutive Premier League victory and keeps them in contention for a top-four finish.
The Toffees sit four points behind Chelsea in fourth but still face trips to Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Stamford Bridge.
Howard insists his side’s fate remains firmly in their own hands and his team mates thrive in these key encounters.
He said: “We’re keeping pace. I think we need a bit of luck but as long as we keep putting in the performances, and cross our fingers that some of the teams in front of us will drop points.
“If we can start taking points off around those around us, maybe we can make our own luck and make them drop points.
“Big players perform well under pressure, they thrive off it, that’s why we’re at this level and that’s why we’re not languishing in the middle or at the bottom and it’s all to play for.
“I think that spurs us on and makes training a bit more competitive and tougher and hopefully that will give us the strength to push on down the stretch.
“It will be tough at Tottenham on Sunday. They are fantastic and playing really well and it’s a tough place to go but we’ve had some success down the years so we’ll draw from that.”
The Stoke match saw the goalkeeper return after a four-and-a-half week lay-off with a back injury and Howard says he is delighted to be back.
“I didn’t take a knock on it which would’ve set me back so I’m happy," he said.
“They (Stoke) are always a rough and tumble team. I wanted to make sure that certainly for this game I was as fit as I could possibly be to give myself every chance.”