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Baines Welcomes 'Positive Vibes'

But rues an opportunity missed against under-par Villa.

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For the second successive season Leighton Baines was on the spot to score Everton's second goal of the game against Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

Baines calmly dispatched a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Alex McLeish's side and could also consider himself unlucky not to get a second chance to score from the spot.

The England left back appeared to be clipped by Villa midfielder Barry Bannan early in the second half, but referee Michael Oliver turned down the host's passionate penalty pleas.

Baines believes it was a foul by Bannan but says Everton should have gone on to win the game without it.

He said: "I thought it was a penalty to be honest, my standing foot was just clipped but I asked the referee and he said the player got the ball.

"At the time I said 'fair enough' but looking at it again I'm not sure he did get the ball.

"But it is what it is, we didn't get it at the time but that aside we still did enough to win the game anyway so we shouldn't really need to talk about it."

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given was kept busy throughout the contest as David Moyes' side gave a boisterous home crowd plenty to shout about.

And Baines believes the team were able to feed off the positive atmosphere inside Goodison Park as they extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to three games.

"Out on the pitch it felt more positive and there was a better vibe around the place," Baines told evertontv.

"It does show how that helps and you could probably tell that it spurred us on a little bit and we felt like everyone was behind us.

"We worked hard enough and played well enough to win the game and we've got to come away and look at the reasons why we didn't, but also take the positives out of it and try and build on it.

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