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Europe is Everton target - Yakubu

Yakubu has now scored 33 goals in 101 appearances for Everton

Everton striker Yakubu hopes that the Blues can still qualify for Europe this season after getting over their poor start to the Premier League season.

Saturday's 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park lifted David Moyes' side to eighth in the table, thanks to a run of 10 points out of a possible 12.

"Hopefully we'll be in Europe again but we have a long way to go," said Yakubu.

"We'll keep doing the right things on the pitch and get some points," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

Despite that poor start to the campaign, in which Everton crashed to the bottom of the Premier League after picking up just three points from their first six games, the 27-year-old Nigerian international says that morale within the squad was always upbeat.

"When we were in the bottom three, as players, we were not under pressure," added Yakubu.

"We know we have good players here. We don't want to stop now. We have to fight for each other and keep training hard.

"Hopefully at the end of the season we'll be pleased about our performances this season."

Yakubu ended a club goal drought that stretched back 10 games to mid-April when he netted his his first goal of the season to beat the Potters on Saturday. And he hopes that will be enough to keep his place in the starting line-up now that Louis Saha has returned from a calf injury.

"It's always like that when you play for Everton," said Yakubu. "It's going to be difficult. You have to fight for your place and when you have your chance, you have to take it.

"We have good strikers but, even when we don't score, Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta can score."

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