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Football: Joleon Lescott.

EVERTON'S double award winner Joleon Lescott believes his trophies will mean nothing if the club do not claim fifth place and a Uefa Cup qualification spot.

Lescott picked up the fans' player of the year and the players' player of the year trophies at a glittering club awards dinner at Liverpool's St George's Hall.

But Everton still have unfinished business on Sunday when they face Newcastle at Goodison Park.

And the Toffees - whose scrappy 1-0 win over Derby is their only victory in eight games - still need one more point to be sure of fifth and Uefa Cup competition next term. If Everton lose on Sunday and Aston Villa win at West Ham, the Uefa Cup prize will be snatched from them and they will have to be content with a place in the Intertoto Cup.

So Lescott, 25, understandably still has other things on his mind before celebrating his double triumph.

He said: "It is a great honour to win these awards, and we have achieved a lot this season. But it means nothing if we do not finish fifth and get back into Europe."

Everton had an impressive 10-game Uefa Cup run this term, ending unluckily on penalties in the last 16 against Fiorentina, and they desperately want to qualify again.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 9, 2008
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