Everton must win at all costs, says Baines

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Martinez keen to reward 'phenomenal' Everton stalwart Baines
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Martinez keen to reward 'phenomenal' Everton stalwart Baines
Everton defender Leighton Baines has called for his side to put results before aesthetics in order to keep up its chase for Champions League qualification.

The Toffees currently trail fourth-placed Tottenham by six points and have won just one of their last five Premier League fixtures. Next up is a difficult trip to face Norwich, a game in which Baines insists his teammates must do everything they can to bring home all three points.

“They are a good side, Norwich,” Baines told the Liverpool Echo. “They started the season well.

“We have found it tough against them, and we had a tough game against them down there last season. They are strong at home.

“If we want to achieve something, draws aren’t going to cut it. We have to find ways to get games won. Sometimes it may not be pretty, but it is about getting games won.

“We have got to keep clean sheets and get people scoring.”

The Toffees also have an FA Cup fifth-round replay to contend on Wednesday, after Oldham scored a last-minute equalizer during last week's meeting at Boundary Park.

Baines admits the late goal was a blow, but he is confident that David Moyes' men will get the job done in their own backyard.

“It was a bit of a shock, because the goal came so late,” Baines said. “We were disappointed, because we want to go through, but we have got the replay at Goodison Park and so we will fancy our chances.

“We must now pick ourselves up and go again. We can’t really ask for much more than a home tie with a side who play a couple of leagues below you.

“If we lose then we only have ourselves to blame. Our destiny is in our own hands. We have got to look forward now.

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