EVERTON must beat Fulham tomorrow or risk losing crucial ground on the Champions League chasing pack, says Bryan Oviedo.
With Chelsea and Manchester United beginning to pull away from the rest, Everton’s third consecutive draw last weekend in the Merseyside derby saw them replaced in the Premier League’s top four by Tottenham.
However summer signing Oviedo, 22, is convinced the Blues have the mental strength and attacking flair to maintain their European challenge – and can prove it by winning at Craven Cottage tomorrow.
He said: “It is very important for us to win this weekend because we what to stay in the top places.
“We need to win to keep close to the Champions League positions.
“But we have a very good team, very strong defenders and good players in midfield and attack.
“The team has a strong mentality. We have come back from being 1-0 and 2-0 down in recent games and the team is very united.”
The left-sided Costa-Rican international is having to bide his time when it comes to first team opportunities at Goodison with the formidable duo of
Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar ahead of him, but he impressed during a brief cameo in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool.