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Coleman: Neville inspiring top-four push

April 18, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Everton right-back Seamus Coleman has revealed that his push for a Champions League place is being inspired by captain Phil Neville's tales of winning the competition with Manchester United.

Phil Neville, Seamus Coleman
PA PhotosSeamus Coleman is excited by Phil Neville's tales of the Champions League

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Neville, who announced earlier this month that he would leave Goodison Park at the end of this season, lifted the trophy with United in 1999.

Coleman is hopeful that Everton can still qualify for the Champions League – although the gap between themselves and the Premier League's top four now stands at four points after Chelsea.

The Republic of Ireland international, 24, told the Liverpool Echo: "The way Phil talks about the Champions League has whetted my appetite. He says when you hear that music playing before the game, you get an amazing feeling - and as a player that's what you want. You want to play at the highest level.

"We'll be fighting until the end to get that position. We're obviously underdogs for it, but we've still games against teams who are in and around that area as well, so it's up to us."

Everton kept themselves in the race for European places with a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Tuesday.

That point means David Moyes' side remain in sixth, two points behind Tottenham in fifth, four behind Arsenal - who are fourth - and five behind third-placed Chelsea.

Coleman added: "I'd rather be in Tottenham or Chelsea's position because they're higher in the league, but it's true that we do deal well with being the underdogs.

"As the manager always says, we don't give up at Everton. It's good to have something to play for with five games left."