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Everton's Neville confident over Euro bid

Everton skipper Phil Neville reckons the Toffees have been revitalised at just the right time to clinch a UEFA Cup spot.

Their performance last weekend in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa gave Neville enough confidence to believe that Everton's form had come rushing back at just the right time.

Now Everton face Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday still needing points to secure fifth place and a UEFA Cup spot.

Their predicament has not been helped by just one win in seven league games as Villa have closed the gap to just three points, with both clubs having two games left.

But Neville, who blasted his second goal of the season in the draw with Villa, said: 'There was energy back in our play, which will be good for the final two games.'

Everton's return to form could not have come at a better time, with injury problems also beginning to clear.

Neville said: 'When we play well as a team there is a lot of energy from the lads. (Steven) Pienaar, (Leon) Osman, (Ayegbeni) Yakubu, (Manuel) Fernandes and (Mikel) Arteta all played against Villa with much more energy than they have been doing.

'We set the tempo and we are getting players back fit and fresh, which is crucial.

'The important thing was the overall performance against Villa, the energy levels, the effort.

'We have been a little bit flat these last few weeks since we have been knocked-out of Europe by Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup. But last weekend we were not flat at all. And that is a real boost ahead of our last two games.'

The battle now is between Everton and Villa for fifth spot, and a passport to the UEFA Cup rather than the Intertoto Cup.

Neville said: 'Villa have the easiest run-in. They've got Wigan and West Ham while we have Arsenal and Newcastle. But at this stage everyone drops points when you think they will win games, it goes not go to the form book.

'Maybe one more win will be enough, although we will probably need four points.

'A win at Arsenal might be enough, but we still have the Newcastle game to come and we are intent on finishing the job and making sure we qualify for the UEFA Cup next season.'