David Moyes echoed most Evertonians thoughts on Sunday when he said their chances of a Europa League place were "slim" despite a last gasp win over Fulham.
Liverpool's win over Burnley the same day means the Reds have to lose their final two games while the Toffees have to collect maximum points in order for Europa League football to return to Goodison next season.
But the very fact we are even talking about Europe with two games to go is credit to the way the players have turned the season around and displayed title winning form since the turn of the year. However, that positive also brings huge frustration.
The year Everton decided to make a poor start to the season and not challenge for the top four is the year when the race of a Champions League spot is at its most open.
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