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Pienaar demands improvement

Toffees midfielder looking to go into FA Cup final in better form

Pienaar: Looking to lift performance

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Steven Pienaar has revealed that Everton are determined to finish the season strongly after some choice words from manager David Moyes.

The Toffees have won just once in four games since they beat Manchester United on penalties in the FA Cup semi-final and the boss has demanded an improvement starting with the visit of West Ham on Saturday.

Despite their indifferent form the blue half of Merseyside still have a fifth-placed finish in their sights.

The Toffees are just a point behind current fifth-placed occupants Aston Villa and Pienaar knows the importance of taking good form into the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Raise our game

"The gaffer has been on our case to raise our game so we can get to fifth place," the South African told the club's official website.

"We have got to keep focused on the matches we have in the league.

"If you play with the confidence and you are winning games, you can take that confidence through to the final and that's what the gaffer wants us to do.

"We want to lift our performance in the last matches that we will play. West Ham are fighting to get into Europe and we know that it is going to be a tough game."