Leighton Baines says Everton’s 3-0 victory over Southampton was the perfect preparation ahead of the FA Cup third round clash with Leicester City.
Baines, who was named captain for Monday’s game against the Saints, struck from the penalty spot - his 23rd successful spot-kick for the Blues - to equal the Club record held by Trevor Steven and David Unsworth.
That effort, between goals from Enner Valencia and Romelu Lukaku, handed the Blues a richly-deserved three points - and Baines said: "It was a good win but we had to be patient. It’s tough going for everyone over this period but in the end to come away with a 3-0 victory is brilliant for us.
“Obviously it does give us confidence, that’s natural, it comes with winning games. The important thing for us now is to go and build on it. We’ve got a big game in the cup that we want to do well in, so if we can get a win in that then I think the place will definitely be lifted.
“We had good cup runs last year so, of course, we’ll look to do that little bit better this year.”
Baines’ second goal of the campaign saw him become only the third defender to reach 30 Premier League goals after current Under-23s boss David Unsworth (38) and Chelsea’s John Terry (40).
“It’s always good to see a penalty hit the back of the net and that gave us the cushion to relax a little bit,” he added. “Obviously, the third goal was an even bigger help after that and, as I said, it was a good win for us.”
Baines also featured in the matchday programme against Southampton, revealing how to take the perfect penalty! Click here to download a digital copy now.