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Everton manager David Moyes is backing his side to overcome their UEFA Cup heartbreak by securing a victory at Fulham in the Premier League this weekend.

The Toffees were knocked out on penalties at home to Fiorentina on Wednesday after producing a rousing performance to beat the Italians 2-0 at Goodison Park and level the last-16 tie.

Moyes feels his side should have gone through but believes they are a better team as a result of their run in Europe.

"We are disappointed we are not in the draw and feel we should have been," he said.

"I was really proud of the players and the way they performed, not just on that night but throughout the games in Europe.

"We played 10 games, won eight, drew one and lost one and that in its own way you would have thought would have got us further on but it wasn't to be.

"I think we are a lot more confident and have a great deal more self belief. But it is okay me talking about it, we still have to do it. We have to play well.

"If the players play in the fashion they have been playing in we have nothing to worry about.

"They have been playing terrifically well and the consistency has been good, they have applied themselves well and I don't see any reason why that would change."

Moyes rejected the suggestion their European exit, combined with neighbours Liverpool's continued participation in the Champions League, would help Everton's bid to claim fourth spot in the league.

They trail Liverpool only on goal difference and with the Reds facing a potentially tricky week at the start of April when they play Arsenal three times - twice in the Champions League - there has been a suggestion Rafael Benitez's side may lose sight of their domestic challenge.

Moyes, however, dismissed the notion, saying: "I wish my focus was still on Europe.

"I don't think it (UEFA Cup exit) is a blessing in disguise. The extra games were helping us and making us better.

"You are talking about Liverpool and I'm sure their focus will be on the Champions League - but you do the league as well.

"I don't think that will hinder them in any way."

One issue that may disrupt Everton's bid for fourth place could be the availability of Tim Cahill, who is a crucial element in the team.

The midfielder missed the visit of Fiorentina with back and hip injuries and is a doubt for the trip to Fulham.

Moyes also faces the prospect of losing one of his major stars in less than a fortnight as Cahill has been named in Australia's preliminary squad for a midweek World Cup qualifier in China on March 26.

The match falls in between league games against West Ham and the Merseyside derby at Anfield and Moyes believes Cahill's long-haul trips are contributing to his fitness problems.

"Tim is injured and he has had a few injuries. I think it takes its toll travelling and I think it is part of the reason for the injuries he is picking up," said the Everton boss.

"You are asking him to travel halfway round the world for games, I don't think it helps - but I can't do anything about it."

source - skysports.com
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