John Stones hails Everton defence

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring the pening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on March 25, 2014
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Everton defender John Stones praises his team for their defensive performance during their 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

Everton defender John Stones has praised his team's defensive performance during their 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Tuesday evening.

The Blues won their fourth successive match in the Premier League as they kept alive their hopes of finishing inside the top four.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to the boys in front of me and Sylvain [Distin]," he told the club's official website. "They did a fantastic job today and a lot of credit goes to them.

"We were very clinical in the final third and me, Sylvain, Bainesy (Leighton Baines) and Seamus [Coleman] had to do our job at the back. It was a very satisfying win."

Stones joined Everton from Barnsley in January 2013 and has made 14 appearances in the league this season.

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring the opening goal against QPR during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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