Baines: Everton must make Goodison Park a fortress

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England international Leighton Baines has stressed that Everton must make Goodison Park a difficult place for opponents to come and pick up points, if they are going to challenge for Europe this season.

The Toffees are currently seventh in the Premier League, but trail Chelsea by just a single point, and could have moved above Jose Mourinho's side and into second place with a victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

In reality they played out a disappointing 0-0 draw, during which both sides were more preoccupied with preventing a goal than scoring one.

Baines - who curled in two impressive free-kicks in a 3-2 victory at West Ham in September - feels that the Toffees still have more to offer though, and told Sky Sports: "Hopefully we can start winning a few more."

Roberto Martinez's side travel to Selhurst Park to take on struggling Crystal Palace this weekend before facing Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison Park after the international break.

Providing Everton beat Palace this weekend and Liverpool win against Fulham the pair will go into the match with just a point separating them.

It says a lot that the Reds, who had been so highly praised this season before their defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, could find themselves behind their local rivals by the end of November.

"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," Baines continued.

"I think we have to make it so that other people don't enjoy coming (to Goodison Park). 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."

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