Everton defender Leighton Baines says maintaining Everton's impressive home form is crucial if the side wants to challenge for a Champions League spot.

A win in Sunday's clash against Tottenham would have taken Everton to second but neither side managed to score in the 0-0 draw.

The Toffees are unbeaten at Goodison since December 30 last year and Baines believes the key to a top-four spot lies with their excellent run an home soil,.

"I think we have to make it so that other people don't enjoy coming here," said the England left-back, speaking to Sky Sports.

"If Tottenham and Chelsea are not getting any results from us here then it will make other teams think twice about how they approach the game."

Everton have managed to pick up eight points in their away games so far this season and currently lie seventh in the table.

"It is quite congested in the top six or seven and a win can do a lot for you. We have to stay with the pack and keep winning games," said Baines.

The Toffees go to Crystal Palace on Saturday and midfielder James McCarthy warns against complacency against the bottom side, that has been without a manager since Ian Holloway's departure.

"It's a tough place to go and we need to make amends. It's not going to be easy," said McCarthy.

"They are looking to get a new manager and improve all the time but we will have a right go at it.

"Crystal Palace will come at us and we will work on that this week but we need to go there and try to get three points on the board."

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