Everton manager David Moyes admits he is not yet prepared to give up all hope of his side achieving above expectations this season.
With his team currently in 15th place, Moyes is desperate for a fourth straight win at Manchester City's Eastland home on Monday.
According to the Guardian, Moyes said: "I'm not quite at the point yet of giving up thinking I can have a good year.
"We can still get to the level we want to reach."
Back in August, Moyes believed he would be alongside City in a bid for Champions League qualification, not seperated from them by 12 places and 14 points. Everton's confidence appeared to have drained from too many wasted opportunities, and Moyes knows that the next few weeks will determine if it ever returns.
The manager said: "We are not quite there yet but obviously that will be coming shortly if we don't pick up results.
"I hoped we would have been in a similar position to City this season, who I would now put as outsiders to win the Premier League, but our start and the way we are at the moment makes that look almost impossible.
"But we are a good team as well and the players know if it is our night then we are capable of getting a result. We just haven't had enough of those days this season.
"I think it is how you are when you come out of Christmas and how you are going into January that gives you a clearer idea of where you stand.
"We can still get to the level where we want to go but, if not, then we will look at it differently."