'We're Up For The Cups'
Cup competitions as important as the league, says Baines.
Leighton Baines insists cup competitions are as important as the league to Everton this season.
The Blues begin their Carling Cup campaign on Wednesday with the second round visit of Huddersfield Town to Goodison.
It is not unusual for Premier League bosses to shuffle their pack for the competition - with their focus trained primarily on the league.
But Baines insists the hunger for silverware at Everton means the Carling Cup is far from second on their list of priorities.
"I think, as much as the league, the cup competitions are as important to us," Baines told evertonTV.
"There is no Europa League for us this year, so we want to be in those cup competitions for as long as we can, obviously with the aim of making the final and winning the competition. The early rounds are the ones which can sometimes prove to be tricky fixtures and we have come unstuck in some games against lower league opposition in the cup games in the past."
The options available to David Moyes this term means the Everton boss could make changes for the visit of Lee Clark's League One outfit.
Everton have picked up just one point from their opening two league games but, regardless of who is selected, Baines is confident the side will make home advantage count.
He continues: "Hopefully, being at home will serve as an advantage to us and we will be able to progress.
"I think the final is around March so it means the Carling Cup competition tends to rattle through quite quickly and if you win a few games before you know it you are in the latter stages and things can start getting pretty exciting very soon. I remember getting to the final with Wigan and obviously we had a decent run as well so hopefully we can go on a good run and get to another cup final this season. We want to be in the cup competitions as long as we can and our ultimate aim is to win them."
Peter Clarke and Gary Naysmith are two former Blues in the Huddersfield squad for the tie.
"I think a few of our lads are friends with a few of the lads at Huddersfield so we know a few things about some of the individuals there," Baines added.
"I think they will be tricky opponents, when they come to Goodison it is almost there cup final already. We know we have to be on our mettle and match them for enthusiasm and work rate before we earn the right to play our football. Hopefully we can do that and play our stuff and come out on top. They will be excited I’m sure about coming to Goodison and getting a chance to showcase themselves and it is up to us to match all that enthusiasm and come out on top."
Look out for more from Leighton Baines in Wednesday's matchday programme.