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Baines Keen To Build

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

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Leighton Baines says Everton's players are desperate not to pass up their shot at Champions League qualification.
 
Sunday's victory over nearest rivals Arsenal has left the Blues' top-four destiny in their own hands with just six games left to play.
 
The defeat of the Gunners was a sixth league victory in a row for Roberto Martinez's side and a ninth straight success at Goodison Park.
 
Should Everton win each of their remaining games, they will end a four-year wait for European football and secure a place in the continent's elite club competition for the first time since 2005.
 
And though the onus is now on the players not to let slip their advantage, Baines insists there is no shortage of dressing room belief.
 
"We're perfectly happy either way - for people to think of us as underdogs or to have the expectation," he said. "We expect things from ourselves and having got ourselves into this position, we expect ourselves to build on it.
 
"It's a good time of the year to start getting into some good form. Six wins in a row is impressive so we need to build on that now.
 
"Obviously you take confidence from wins, particularly against teams like Arsenal, and we've worked ourselves into a position where we can try to get above them.
 
"There's some tough games to play but we're in a confident mood and hopefully we can continue this form."
 
Everton started on the front foot against the Gunners and never really looked back following Steven Naismith's 14th-minute opener.
 
Romelu Lukaku added a fine second before the break and an own goal from former Toffees star Mikel Arteta completed the scoring on the hour.
 
"There was a game plan that we worked on through the week and it paid off today," said Baines. "We knew it was a big game and you could see the determination and the effort from the lads.
 
"It was a big game and I thought it was a good performance. The desire was there to make sure we won the game."

There are only two chances left to see Everton at Goodison Park this season, with the visit of Manchester United already a confirmed sell out.
 
Don't miss out on the games against Crystal Palace (Wednesday 16 April, 7.45pm) and Manchester City (Saturday 3 May, 5.30pm). Tickets for both fixtures are now on general sale and can be purchased online here or by calling 0871 663 1878*.
 
Alternatively, visit the Park End Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square. 

 

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