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Jones: Let's Go Fourth

Assistant boss wants to land psychological blow this weekend.

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Assistant boss Graeme Jones wants Everton to up the pressure on Arsenal by reclaiming fourth this weekend.

Last week, the Blues slipped from two points ahead of the Gunners to one point behind having twice had to take to the field after their Champions League qualification rivals.

A home loss to Crystal Palace on Wednesday came 24 hours after Arsenal had reclaimed fourth with a 3-1 defeat of West Ham, while Sunday's 2-0 win over Manchester United got underway just minutes after the full-time whistle had blown on the Londoners' 3-0 victory at Hull City.

This weekend, the boot is on the other foot, with Everton set to play at Southampton on Saturday lunchtime and Arsenal having to wait until Monday night to welcome Newcastle United.

And Jones believes that gives the Blues a key psychological advantage as they look to re-establish a place in the top-four.

Asked about the significance of playing first, Roberto Martinez's second-in-command told evertontv: "It can be huge.

"When we were at our previous club [Wigan Athletic] we were down at the bottom and constantly fighting against sides around us, and you realise the psychological side is as big as any game. It's everything.

"On Sunday it was difficult because it was only Manchester City who played later than us.

"You watch all the results come in over two days and then you have to go out and perform.

"I was a bit concerned going into the game because of that, but the boys' mental strength and focus on our jobs and our needs was incredible."

With three points potentially vital, Jones insists Saturday's opponents are not a side Everton's management team will be taking lightly.

Boosted by the goalscoring form of England trio Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Mauricio Pochettino's Saints have been ever-presents in the top eight and briefly flirted with the top four.

And despite the south coast outfit going three games without a win and losing Rodriguez to serious injury, Jones added: "I've been really impressed by them. They're a very mobile side, they're all on the same page, tactically very adaptable, they've got individuals that can hurt you and from set pieces they're well organised at both ends of the pitch.

"So it's a huge challenge. But we always concentrate on Everton being at our best. Because if we are, we'll be strong enough to trouble any team."

Watch the video above now to see what Jones had to say about the "satisfaction" of Sunday's win over Manchester United, his thoughts on Everton's recent form and his hopes of a top-four finish^.

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brian SephtonAbsolutely ,heard him once just after they came and he seems to me to be just the ticket .Very impressed , if it all goes to plan it's onwards and upwards for the blues

Thursday 24th April 19:35 Report Comment

David TalaveraNot heard nor seen much from our AM Graeme Jones, but he sounds like a level-headed, intelligent guy. Knows what he's talking about and that fills me with confidence! Top man. COYB NSNO

Thursday 24th April 00:15 Report Comment


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