Everton’s Leighton Baines: Spurs clash won’t decide top-four fate
Everton's Leighton Baines says the Toffees' clash against Tottenham won't prove decisive in the race to finish in the top four
Leighton Baines says Everton’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur won’t be decisive in their hunt for a top-four finish.
David Moyes’s men are outsiders in the race to secure Champions League football next season, with the Toffees four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after their 1-0 victory over Stoke City.
Andre Villas-Boas’s side reclaimed third spot after a 2-1 victory over Swansea City, ending a two-game losing streak in the Premier League and moving six points clear of Everton.
England international Baines, who was still at Wigan the last time Everton finished in the Champions League places, reckons their top-four bid won’t be over if they lose at White Hart Lane next weekend.
“It’s a big game but there are plenty more after that and it won’t be decided by next weekend,” Baines told the Liverpool Echo.
“We are the ones who are trailing and that probably means we are the least favourite of the teams but we are fighters.
“We won’t stop believing and we will give everything we have got, as we did last week [against Manchester City] and today.
“If we can win a few more games and get close to the end of the season, that’s where we want to be.
“It’s a very big game now (Spurs next week) and an opportunity for us to catch them or for them to get a bit of distance.”