Baines Takes The Positives
Defender says teams now approach Everton with caution.
Leighton Baines says Swansea’s weekend tactics highlight just how much respect Everton are now commanding from visitors to Goodison Park.
The Swans adopted a cautious approach on Saturday afternoon, choosing to load their right side with defensive-minded players in a bid to thwart the combination of Baines and Steven Pienaar.
Angel Rangel and Dwight Tiendalli were both selected by Michael Laudrup, whose side mustered only two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes.
This compared to Everton’s 16 attempts on goal, with Baines believing that the Blues did everything but score what would have been a deserved winner.
“I’m disappointed to only take a point - it was frustrating. Swansea kind of set out for a point and they nullified us, especially in the first half,” Baines told evertontv.
“Teams have been going man for man in certain games. They’ve played two right-backs and done a decent job with it.
“I think we still managed to create a few chances but we couldn’t take them. We’re disappointed.”
Everton now have a nine-day break between Premier League fixtures, the next of which is a live televised match at Southampton on Monday evening.
Following a stuttering start to life back in the top flight, Nigel Adkins’ side have now climbed to 15th in the table and have lost just once in their last six league matches at St Mary’s.
Baines, however, is unperturbed by the Saints’ recent form and is instead choosing to concentrate on Everton’s good run of results, which stands at one defeat in their last 10 outings.
“We look for the positives,” said Baines. “There’s the clean sheet [against Swansea] and the run that we’re on continues.
“We’ll dust ourselves down now. We’ve got a bit of time in between the two games and hopefully we’ll be fresh and ready to go when we get to Southampton.”