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'Give Bolton Goodison Fear'


Leighton Baines insists Everton must capitalise on the fear factor in order to extend their winning run at Goodison Park.

With nine games of the season remaining, the Blues defender says the players have targeted a European place finish. And he believes taking maximum points from the remaining home games will be key to realising that goal.

Everton go in to Saturday’s encounter with Bolton on the back of an impressive six match winning run at home in the Premier League. That run has included victories over Manchester United and Chelsea. Such impressive form is something he is sure visiting teams will be wary of. And now he wants Everton’s players and fans to unite in order to capitalise.

"The next few weeks are vital.  We want to make sure we secure European football again and if we can take maximum points then we will be in a strong position to really have something to play for as the season draws to a close," Baines told evertonTV.

"There are no easy three points in the Premier League.  It is important we approach the Bolton game in the right way and the fans get behind us. 

"We want Goodison to be a fortress and we want people to come to Goodison fearing the worst because we are all so strong.

"We have got used to European football at Everton now and it is where Everton belongs," he continued.  "Goodison deserves big European nights so it is important we work hard now to give us the opportunity to get those nights."

But Baines also points out that Owen Coyle's side are hard to predict. Bolton beat local Lancashire rivals Wigan Athletic 4-0 last Saturday to boost their survival hopes.

But just five days earlier they lost by the same scoreline to Sunderland.

"Bolton have been indifferent this season.  They have either won convincingly or lost equally as convincingly," said Baines.  "That makes it difficult to know what you are going to get when you come up against them.

"What we do know is that we are so strong at home at the moment and we have beaten the best sides so we know if we concentrate we can win the game.

"Bolton have some key players in Kevin Davies and Jussi Jaaskelainen," he added.  "Those players have been there long enough to know what it is about and they can be difficult to take on."

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