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Everton's hopes of European qualification were boosted as they saw of a determined Swansea City side 3-2 on Saturday. Goals from Leighton Baines, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley handed the Toffees the win, but manager Roberto Martinez has demanded that his players improve away from home. Everton have picked up just four wins on the road this season, and with Tuesday's clash at Newcastle on the horizon, Martinez is looking for an improved display than recent trips, which have seen them lose to the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and the FA Cup tie at Arsenal.
"To finish in the top four you need over 70 points. If we can reach anywhere near [that] we can look to see where that could take us," said Martinez. "Every position in the table matters. Our focus is to get away points. Our last games have been against top teams, and we haven't got the reward.
"It is not a frustration, but it is important we learn from it and assess it. We have got the opportunity to finish the season strong," he added.
Everton's chances of picking up a crucial three points at St. James' Park tomorrow night have been boosted by the return of centre back Phil Jagielka. The England international has been out of action for almost a month now with a hamstring injury, but Martinez confirmed that the former Sheffield United man is set to make his comeback.
“Phil Jagielka is medically fully fit. We are going to a make a decision on him tomorrow” Martinez said. “If we can get Phil fit for Tuesday or Sunday it’s going to be a big bonus. You always miss your club captain.
“He is such a big influence that we have missed him. But there is the reality that we have been able to win football games without him and that’s credit to the players who have come in. That’s what you need from a squad because over the course of the season you are going to get injuries and suspensions.
“Phil has been desperate on the sidelines to play and that develops a real desire. He brings a real enthusiasm and is a true leader. You want these players to be on the pitch and available but sometimes you have to accept injuries will happen," he added.
Meanwhile, the Toffees are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer as they seek to replace top scorer Lukaku, who will return to Chelsea at the end of his season-long loan deal. A number of strikers have already been linked, but Swansea's Wilfried Bony - who scored against Everton at the weekend - has been tipped as a £15m target for Martinez, as he looks for a like-for-like replacement for Lukaku.