Everton manager David Moyes has played down his team's chances of finishing in the top four after the Toffees surrendered a winning position to draw with Manchester City.
Marouane Fellaini gave the visitors a well-deserved lead before conceding a penalty after pulling down Edin Dzeko in the box and the Scot feels that their seventh draw in nine games is evidence of a lack of cutting edge.
"I think it will be hard for us to make the Champions League. It'll be a big thing for us," Moyes told the Daily Mirror.
"I think we've got confidence and the players are playing really well. We're just lacking maybe getting over the edge."
Moyes hinted that injuries and lack of depth in the forward position will likely play a factor in Everton's results. Everton has drawn its past three matches.
"We're missing Kevin Mirallas, Victor Anichebe and we're just short of other forward options at times to maybe win us the games, that's why getting so many draws," Moyes explained.
"I don't want to be a manager who keeps saying, 'We're playing well and not winning', because I'd rather be a manager whose team weren't playing well and winning.
"But the facts are there to see and we have to hope that good performances eventually lead to good results."
Moyes believes in his side's ability but has questioned whether they have the capability to match their top performances in a consistent manner over the course of the season.
"When we play over 90 minutes against someone we've always got a good chance. But can we do it over 38 games,"he asked.
"We should have more points. It's not been this point or the point against Arsenal; it's a couple of games before that where we've let winning positions slip to draw them."
"We're certainly not a million miles off them and we can be quite close to them."