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Nice One Son

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Leighton Baines has revealed he took advice on where to place his latest penalty… from his son.

The left-back netted his fourth spot-kick of the season as Everton defeated Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday, opting to fire down the middle past goalkeeper David De Gea.

It was a change in approach for Everton's formidable set-piece star and speaking after the 2-0 win, the 29-year-old said: "It wasn't blasted, I think it was controlled. I decided beforehand that I'd go down the middle as I hadn't done that so far this season and it was nice to see it go in.

"After my last one, my son told me I'd not done that this season. It was his advice to try going down the middle for one - and it worked.

"I just thought it was a good point he'd made really."

Baines' penalty was followed by a cool finish from the in-form Kevin Mirallas as Everton did the double over United for the first time in 44 years.

The win keeps the Blues right on the coattails of fourth-placed Arsenal and Baines added: "It's a big win. It keeps us in the hunt for fourth spot and it keeps the pressure on Arsenal.

"We needed to respond to a disappointing night on Wednesday and we did that.

"We knew just before kick off that Arsenal had won. We knew we couldn't afford another slip up and thankfully we got the result.

"The result on Wednesday aside, our form over the last few months has been outstanding. We just want to try to win the next few games and see where it leaves us."

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