Manager confident Everton will still qualify for the Champions League because he does not believe rivals for fourth place Arsenal will take full points from remaining matches
Roberto Martínez, the Everton manager, said that his team would recover from their setback in the chase for the Champions League after losing 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace . His side now trail fourth-placed Arsenal by a point.
“I do not think Arsenal will get full points so when you are one point away it is relying on what we do. It is down to how many points we get,” Martínez said.
Tony Pulis rated guiding Palace to safety as one of his proudest achievements. Palace now have 40 points and are comfortably away from the Premier League drop zone.
“It was a great result and now we have 40 points I’m proud of the players,” Pulis said. “There were only two people who advised me to take this challenge. Sir Alex Ferguson and my old chairman Peter Coates said ‘take it’. They are two good judges.
“It is in my nature to stand up and march people forward and we have done that. The players have responded and given it everything.”
“We will give everything we have to get as many points between now and the rest of the season. It is a disappointment, but it is still a unique opportunity. I am encouraged we can turn the corner if we win on Sunday.”