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The Cottagers boss believes the abundance of top teams in England makes Champions League qualification a tough task for the Toffees, who currently occupy fourth place.

Fulham manager Martin Jol believes it will be a massive challenge for Everton to break into the top four and does not expect the Merseyside club to remain in its current position come the end of the season.

The Toffees, notoriously slow starters, have lost just once so far this campaign but have drawn their last four games including Saturday’s 2-2 stalemate with Jol's Cottagers. The Fulham boss admitted that his team was lucky to come away with a point, after a 90th-minute Steve Sidwell goal meant the points were shared, and the 56-year-old Dutch coach, while praising the opposition, says it will be tough for Everton to maintain its lofty start despite manager David Moyes' optimistic outlook.

"It's very brave and characteristic of [Moyes] to say that, but there are so many top teams in England so it will very difficult for Everton to be in the top four," Jol told reporters. "It’s good to listen to a top manager like him. I feel that Everton is a top team. They are very difficult to play against.

"Not only their first ball, because they play a long ball, but after that they play possession, they overlap and play one-twos. I think they try to play the ball in your half, so they certainly play with a purpose and it is a style. That is what I like."

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