Leighton Baines reveals Everton's short-term aim

Leighton Baines

Everton star Leighton Baines says that the club's immediate priority is winning their next three fixtures.

Leighton Baines has admitted that Everton's focus is on collecting a series of victories to fire the club up the table.

The Toffees are now unbeaten in six games in all competitions after a draw against Sunderland yesterday, but Baines feels that they have not collected as many points as their performances have deserved this season. 

Everton are currently part of a pack of teams on the outskirts of the European spots and the England international feels that his side must ensure they pick up all three points consistently. 

"As the league stands, three wins can just propel you," he said to ESPN. "In the short term, that's our aim and we'll see progress.

"We'll come back and focus on that and then keep building on that. We feel like we should be higher up -- but I suppose taking a point is better than coming away with nothing.

"After this international break, it's our real chance to build some momentum. There are no internationals for a while and we hope we can push on from there."

Despite Baines' disappointment, things could have been a lot worse for Everton after they made a poor start to the campaign.

Roberto Martinez's men had been locked in the bottom half not too long ago, but they have improved considerably of late and shown the form which made them such a force last season.

It is because of their excellence during the previous campaign that this year has felt such a disappointment so far, but they are not too far off their aims. 

The side are still only four points off a spot in the top four and, if they were to collect maximum points from their three games against West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City - as Baines is hoping then they would be likely to occupy one of the coveted Champions League qualification spaces. 

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