David Moyes is relishing a hectic run of fixtures this month that could ultimately determine the outcome of Everton's season.
The Toffees face a run of six games over the next four weeks starting with a trip to struggling Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Moyes, however, is enthused at the prospect of playing so many high octane matches in such a short period of time, but he feels it is a sign of them doing well.
"We have got a terrible schedule coming up but, to be fair, I wish we'd had a hectic schedule all year," he said.
"Could I have coped? I don't know, but hectic schedules usually mean you're in Europe and you're involved in lots of cup games so I'm not bleating about it.
"I'm just saying it's a tough one - that week we've got Tottenham, Liverpool, Sunderland and then Arsenal. Four games in that period is a real tough call."
He added: "Having said that, sometimes it does suit us. There have been times in the past when we have come through these periods better than we have what seemed a smooth run."