MARTIN Jol says Everton have become the yardstick by which he judges how well Fulham are doing.
The Whites manager was full of compliments about David Moyes' team on the eve of this year's clash between the teams at Craven Cottage.
He fancies his team's chances against anyone at home these days, but considers Everton to be one of the toughest assignments on the fixture list.
“I think we always admired Everton. They are a benchmark for a lot of clubs,” said the Dutchman.
“It was always difficult against them. They set a good example. I don't know how long David Moyes has been there now, but most of the time they were in the top seven and outside of the recognised top clubs, I think they are probably the best of the rest. They are tough and physical, but they can play and it's a great combination.”
Jol, who identified Marouane Fellaini as the dangerman, added: “They don't have the resources of a lot of other clubs like Liverpool, Man City or Chelsea, but there's a good structure there.
“Last season, we were almost at the same level as them and that was a great statistics – to be near Everton – because I see them as the best of the rest and we were almost there.”