Baines Wants Hammers Double
Baines wants to end Goodison campaign with a fifth straight win.
Leighton Baines wants Everton to sign off from Goodison for this season in style by taking three points against West Ham.
A win or draw against the Hammers on Sunday and Everton will end the campaign with just one home league defeat, eclipsing the Club's current Premier League record of two losses set in 2009/10.
Only Manchester United and Manchester City have recorded more home points than Everton this season, with the Blues boasting an impressive total of 39 from their previous 18 games.
“Obviously we would like to go out on a high,” Baines told evertontv. “Our home form has been excellent and we are really proud of it.
“We’ve talked in the past about trying to make Goodison a fortress and we are starting to get there now.
“It’s great for us as players to know that we are giving the fans something to cheer about and we are winning games at home.
“People know that they are always in for a tough game when they come across to Goodison. The fans make for a hostile atmosphere; they are very passionate.
“Obviously the quality and work-rate of the team plays a part, so if you combine all those things it’s a tough place to come and get a result.”
Other than pride, West Ham have little to play for in their remaining two fixtures.
A solid, mid-table finish is a likely outcome for Sam Allardyce’s side, who are eight points above the relegation zone but 22 points adrift of the European qualification positions.
Still, Baines is not expecting the London club to roll over easily this weekend.
The 28-year-old continued: “Once the whistle goes, you have got your game head on. That’s what we will be expecting [from West Ham] who will come and have a good go.
“Sam's [Allardyce] team always work hard so I’m sure he will get that out of them and we’ll have to match it.”
Time will tell whether Phil Neville will be fit enough to play in one final Goodison Park fixture as he continues to recover from a knee problem.
But even if the Club captain is fit enough to feature against West Ham, Baines believes it won’t be the last occasion he is seen at the Blues’ home ground.
“He’s been great for the Club, a really important signing for the manager,” added the England defender. “He has been a great leader and as it’s his last home game I am sure it will be emotional for him.
“I’m sure we will see him again at some point - he loves his football, he won’t keep away and the Club means a lot to him. I’m sure he is a face we will continue to see.”
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