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.”