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Everton manager Roberto Martinez maintains the chase for fourth place in the Premier League is far from over despite the home defeat to Crystal Palace, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
The Blues lost 3-2 at Goodison Park to put Champions League qualification back into the hands of Arsenal.
But Martinez is quoted as saying:
I don’t think that Arsenal will take full points from now until the end of the season.
When you are one point behind them with goal difference in our favour, then we very much realise what we can do.
If you look at the table, you could think that it is out of our hands, but I feel it is in our hands because it is down to how many points we can get from now until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Palace boss Tony Pulis says Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to take the Selhurst Park job earlier this season, reports Anderson.
The former Stoke manager has overseen a major reversal in form for the Eagles, and the win at Everton effectively sealed their place in the top flight.
Pulis is quoted as saying:
Did I have doubts about taking the job? It was difficult. I met Steve Parish and spoke to Steve about four or five times and I didn’t feel it was right.
I looked at it and everyone I spoke to said it was a difficult one.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Coates, my old chairman at Stoke, they were the only two who said to take it. They were two very good judges!
I hadn’t seen Palace play, but I enjoy a challenge. It’s in my nature to stand up and try to march people forward and we've done that.