Baines not seeking derby revenge

04 February 2010 08:55
Everton defender Leighton Baines says revenge is not on the Blues' players minds ahead of the 213th Merseyside derby at Anfield on Saturday.The Toffees were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at Goodison Park in November. [LNB]"I don't think there ever needs to be any added spice to a derby and I don't think there is any case for revenge," Baines told BBC Radio Merseyside. [LNB]"It's going to be a massive game for us and but it's one we're all looking forward to." [LNB]He added: "Everyone is just desperate to win. I don't think anyone involved or the fans care about performances. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB] "It's just the result, that's all that matters in a derby game." [LNB]Everton's recent form has resulted in them moving into the top half of the table with five wins and four draws from their last nine games. [LNB]With influential players like playmaker Mikel Arteta and defender Phil Jagielka returning to fitness, confidence around the blue half of Merseyide is growing. [LNB]David Moyes' side grabbed two 1-1 draws at Anfield last season, in the League and FA Cup, and the left-back believes they they have nothing to fear. [LNB]"We got a couple of draws there last year and we played quite well," stated Baines. [LNB][LNB] We feel our league form is defiantly going to give us a chance of making a late run for a European place Leighton Baines "Our form is on the up at the moment and I feel like we're playing with a bit more confidence and we've got players coming back and the squad is getting stronger. [LNB]"So everything has been on the up for us over the last few weeks. We had a blip in the FA Cup game against Birmingham, we were below our usual standards. [LNB]"But we've come through that again with two more wins and we feel our league form is defiantly going to give us a chance of making a late run for a European place." [LNB]Baines says there is a great anticipation from all the players ahead of a battle with Liverpool and he admits the game always requires big characters. [LNB]"Derby games are always fantastic," he said. "Big game, big atmosphere and you need big performances to win those games. [LNB]"We were slightly disappointed after the last one and the result. But hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and get a result."

Source: BBC_Sport