SAINTS MATE’S MO KO BLOW
“I’m a positive guy, so I genuinely think we’re going in the right direction.
“You need to be realistic as well and think maybe that’s a bit far-fetched but sixth is reachable.
“We just have to start turning draws into wins, simple as that.
“We’re not far off, I really don’t think we are. You can judge us fairly when everyone is back fit.”
Everton began the season without injured summer signings Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona.
But the pair both came through a 60-minute behindclosed-doors game this SOUTHAMPTON winger Mohamed Elyounoussi claims a team-mate injured him in training – out of “frustration” at being dropped.
Elyounoussi has been left nursing an ankle problem after being crocked by a challenge from the unnamed Saints star on the eve of last month’s defeat at Liverpool.
Norway international Elyounoussi (right), who also sat out Sunday’s 3-0 loss at home to Chelsea, said: “I’m still struggling with ankle pain.
“He came in from the side and hit me in the middle of the leg. The foot was stuck in the ground and it hurt.
“We had prepared for the game the following day and he realised he wouldn’t start. Perhaps there was frustration on his side.
“I do not think he went consciously to hurt me. But I said clearly, I can forgive many for so much, but to hurt a team-mate the day before a match is week and are close to a comeback.
Midfielder James McCarthy, who sustained a double fracture of his right leg in January, also played in the game.
The Toffees face Crystal Palace a week on Sunday with all three back in contention along with defender Phil Jagielka. not fine. It’s a bad ankle that’s not quite stable.
“It hurts to shoot or to run but I have taught myself to accept that.
“If it hurts, I’m taking painkillers.”
Saints paid Basel
£16m for Elyounoussi,
24, in the summer.