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Baines: The Boss Wasn't Happy

Free-kick hero fired up by demand to improve on poor first half.

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Leighton Baines has revealed Everton's players were given a half-time ticking off by manager Roberto Martinez - before the left-back inspired a rousing Blues comeback at Upton Park.

The England international says Martinez was left unimpressed by a first 45 minutes in which the Toffees were uncharacteristically lethargic and conceded a deflected opener from midfielder Ravel Morrison.

But Baines curled in a stunning free-kick to level on the hour mark before repeating the trick after Mark Noble had restored West Ham's lead from the spot.

Substitute and debutant Romelu Lukaku then headed home an 85th-minute winner for Martinez's men - leaving the Spaniard far more satisfied by what he'd seen.

"We were more purposeful after the break," said Baines. "In the first half we ran out of ideas a little bit too soon.

"The manager gave us a good talking to at half-time and that obviously showed in the second half.

"We're on a good little run now, we're still unbeaten, we've got back-to-back wins - so it's good."

Baines' first free-kick, high to Jussi Jaaskelainen's right, had left the Finnish stopper stunned.

Keen not to be beaten by Everton's set-piece specialist again, the 38-year-old positioned himself further to that side second time around - only for Baines to brilliantly clip the ball in off the opposite post.

"I've never done that before, gone both sides, not in a game anyway," Baines reflected. "I just try to mix it up and keep people guessing and luckily I was quite accurate and got them in the corners.

"I think on the first one his [Jaaskelainen's] position was quite central, so that made my mind up. And, obviously, having done that, he's got to cover that side next time. I saw his position and changed my mind and went for the other side."

As for Lukaku, Baines was impressed by the 20-year-old's powerful second-half cameo.

He said: "I think you could see the power that he possesses and he gave us a real presence up there.

"He worked really hard and he's been doing that in training. He seems to have hit the ground running and he's an exciting player for us."

santa krshnanget him a new bumper deal... he deserves a biiiiiiig pay day.. everton legend... COYB.. IMWT

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