Everton manager David Moyes again insisted he would not discuss
a new contract at Goodison Park until the summer after watching his
side overcome Stoke 1-0.
Kevin Mirallas’ stunning solo goal in the first half settled an
often dour contest and saw Everton move to four points adrift of
Chelsea in fourth place.
Moyes insists they remain outsiders for UEFA Champions League
football next term with Tottenham and Arsenal also in contention
and would not be drawn over his future, with his contract due to
expire in the summer.
He told ESPN: “I’ve always said we want to see how the club do
and see how we can move forward together and the best time for us
to discuss that is at the end of the season.
“We are the big underdogs, we need results to go for us as well
as us winning our games, but we are in there and it is a great
thing to say Everton are in with a chance of the Champions
“We deserve to be there because of how well we’ve played this
Moyes, who switched to a 3-5-2 formation with Steven Pienaar and
Marouane Fellaini ruled out through suspension, was impressed with
the contribution of Mirallas as he ran from deep inside his own
half to beat Asmir Begovic.
He added: “We’ve not had a great record against Stoke City
recently so it was important we got the three points.
“It was a great goal. Against Stoke sometimes you need
individual players to win you the game because they are really well
organised and hard to break down.
“I think he must have run 70 yards to finish it off. He has
given us something else. We changed how we played today as we had
lost two important players and thankfully we got the points.”