Howard still looking for European spot

After draws with West Ham and Wolves in the Premier League in
recent weeks, Everton now find themselves in eighth place, four
points and one position behind Aston Villa. The 31-year-old
American goalkeeper still feels the Toffees can put the pressure on
the controlling pack, meaning their game at Villa Park next
Wednesday takes on particular importance. Howard told the Liverpool
Echo: “If we could have gotten a better result against West Ham and
at Wolves, the Villa game would have had even more meaning in terms
of allowing to have possibly gone above them on points. “But still,
we need to beat them and continue to put pressure on them and if we
win, we will go one point below them. “If we keep putting pressure
on them, there’s still four or five games to go for them to slip
up. “We’re knocking on the door for Europe in eighth place and we
know what it’s going to take and the points total to get ourselves
into Europe – and we’re trying our best. “Because of our last two
results, we going to need other results to go our way now – we
don’t control our own destiny in that respect. It’ll be difficult,
but we still have our eyes on that.”