Baines: Point Could Be Vital

by Hamish Dufton

Baines: Point Could Be Vital

Everton may come to recognise the Europa League point accrued at Lille as a vital one, says Leighton Baines.

The Blues fought their way to a 0-0 stalemate across the Channel - a result that sees them remain at the top of Group H.

And, with home games to come against the French side and FC Krasnodar, the left-back believes the Toffees are now well-placed to progress to the knock-out stages.

He told evertontv: "It's not a bad point. When you think about coming away in Europe, it's always going to be tough. 

"We tried to get more than a point but I am sure we will reflect on it and say it was an important one in the end if we do qualify. Not only does it give you a point but it stops the opposition getting an extra two as well. 

"Being top of the group at the half way stage is a very good position to be in. When you are going away from home and keeping clean sheets and picking up a point then you would probably take that." 

Thoughts now quickly turn to the trip to Burnley on Sunday, and another chance to pick up three points in the league and build on last Saturday's 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Baines added: "It's a quick turnaround now for Burnley but we are aware of that. 

"The manager made a couple of changes for the Lille game, so that gives him room to manoeuvre in terms of what he does at Turf Moor.

"We have a decent squad when everyone is fit and that allows you to cope with all these games. 

"Sunday gives us another opportunity to continue our decent form and pick up a result that helps us up the Premier League table."

Watch the video to see what Baines had to say about the travelling Evertonians, the pitch and putting on a performance for his father-in-law. ^

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