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Distin's Dual Ambition

Frenchman says Blues can continue competing on two fronts.

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Sylvain Distin believes a gripping final three months of the season lie ahead for Everton as they continue to fight on two fronts.
 
The Blues' FA Cup crusade will resume in March when they face-off against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium for a place in a Wembley semi-final.
 
But, until then, full attention turns back to the Premier League - starting with Saturday's trip to pace-setters Chelsea.
 
Everton are currently five points adrift of fifth-place Tottenham but have a game in hand over their London rivals following the postponement of last week's home match against Crystal Palace.

And Distin says Everton are well-poised for a late charge.

"We're still in a really good position and we're doing very well," the centre-half told evertontv. "I know we had a setback recently but we're still in the race to finish in the top four and we're in the cup, so it's an exciting season so far."
 
Distin's good work contributed towards Lacina Traore's opening goal in the win over Swansea City, which booked Everton's passage through to the FA Cup quarter-finals for the third consecutive season.
 
The Frenchman foraged away in the box before laying the ball into the path of the Ivorian, who back-heeled his first goal for the Blues after only four minutes.
 
Distin said: ”I'm happy to be honest. I thought about having a go and trying to score, but the ball was running a bit away from me and I saw Lacina in a good position, so I decided to play the ball to him.
 
"It was tempting [to shoot], but the most important thing is for us to score. If a player is in a better position, I've never been afraid of trying to pass the ball instead of claiming all the glory.
 
"The first half was a bit difficult for us. We couldn't really play forward but we managed to score the goal. Conceding their goal was a bit unfortunate but it's part of the game.
 
"In the second half, we were much more in control of it and we did what we had to do to win."

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