Coleman: Top four still target

Seamus Coleman admits Everton have it all to do in the race for a top-four finish, but is refusing to throw in the towel.

The Toffees have picked a bad time to suffer a Premier League wobble, with a run of one win in four casting them as outsiders in the battle for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who sit fourth at present, have opened up an 11-point gap, with Tottenham Hotspur now their closest challengers - six points back.

Coleman concedes that slipping up at this stage has left Everton with a mountain to climb, but sees no reason why they cannot force their way into the European picture.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "It's going to be very difficult now.

"I'm really disappointed that we've faded off fourth a bit in the last couple of weeks.

"But personally I'm holding onto the dream even though I know it's difficult. We just need to keep going.

"We're still aiming to finish as high up the table as we can, and whether it's Champions League or Europa League, personally I'd like to play in Europe at some level and hopefully it can be next season.

"We've got the game in hand against Crystal Palace, which was annoying when that was called off but that's the way it goes."

Coleman added ahead of a home date with in-form West Ham United on Saturday: "It's important we don't slip away now.

"It's a key time of the season now when we need to be picking up results.

"We've had a disappointing couple of weeks but I'm sure we can bounce back and show what we're capable of.

"We deserved at least a point from the games against Spurs and Chelsea but we didn't take our chances and conceded two set pieces in two games, which is galling on our behalf. But we have to move on and focus on a positive result against West Ham."