Baines backing for Beckford

11 November 2010 03:26
Everton defender Leighton Baines believes Jermaine Beckford's late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Bolton could provide just the spark he needs.[LNB] Beckford came off the bench at Goodison Park last night to open his Premier League goalscoring account by curling home a brilliant leveller for the 10-man Toffees deep into injury time.[LNB]The 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact since his free transfer from Leeds in the summer - netting just once previously with a penalty in a Carling Cup tie against Huddersfield - but Baines hopes the corner may now have been turned.[LNB]Baines, who robbed Lee Chung-yong to set up Beckford's strike, said: "It is a great goal to get Becks off the mark in the Premier League.[LNB]"He'll feel good for it but he has been doing it quite regularly in training. He has looked sharp.[LNB]"Early on in the season he was thrust in a bit because we were short on numbers but now the manager will be able to do it the way he would like to and introduce him gradually.[LNB]"He has now proved he can be a valuable asset for the club, coming on and scoring goals like that."[LNB]Beckford's goal cancelled out a 79th-minute effort from another substitute, Ivan Klasnic, and snatched a 1-1 draw to extend Everton's unbeaten run to seven games.[LNB]The Merseysiders' night had seemed destined to end in misery when Marouane Fellaini was sent off for kicking Paul Robinson between the legs four minutes from time.[LNB]Matt Taylor also hit the bar for Bolton but Everton enjoyed several spells of pressure and Baines felt the hosts got the least they deserved.[LNB]The 25-year-old left-back said: "I think we were worthy of a point. We struggled at times to break Bolton down - teams tend to come here and pay us a bit of respect and sit back.[LNB]"It makes it difficult for us and Bolton did that quite well.[LNB]"We struggled to create any really clear-cut opportunities but we did have a few chances to score goals.[LNB]"We passed it quite a bit but never had that bit of quality to find a goal.[LNB]"In the end we ended up nicking a point in the last minute with a great goal.[LNB]"There is a consolation in that we remain unbeaten and hopefully we can continue that."[LNB]Bolton would have gone fifth in the table had they managed to hold on for victory.[LNB]But they still remain in a highly creditable sixth place heading into this weekend's clash at Wolves and the players have been quick to rally around Lee following the error that allowed Baines to pounce.[LNB]Captain Kevin Davies said: "We should have seen the game out but these things happen in football.[LNB]"The lads are a bit down but we will pick ourselves up.[LNB]"It is a difficult place to come but we have not got anything here for a few years so we have to take the positives.[LNB]"The lads have been brilliant with Lee.[LNB]"As the manager says, he has been outstanding for us. He is a young player and he will learn from it.[LNB]"He is a little bit down but we will pick him up - we win together and we lose together."[LNB]Bolton can still reflect on a satisfactory few days having beaten Tottenham 4-2 in thrilling fashion last week.[LNB]Veteran forward Davies, 33, added: "It's four points we'd probably have taken.[LNB]"This is two points gone away but we will take it down to Wolves, which will be another tough game.[LNB]"Our performance wasn't as good as it was at the weekend but it is still a good result.[LNB]"The lads are lively and chirpy and we will move on. We'll use this towards getting a bit of a run going."

Source: Team_Talk