Beckford goal boost

11 November 2010 03:30
Everton defender Leighton Baines believes Jermaine Beckford's dramatic late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Bolton could provide just the spark the striker needs. Beckford came off the bench at Goodison Park to open his Barclays Premier League goalscoring account by curling home a brilliant leveller for the 10-man Toffees deep into injury time. 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. 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. He'll feel good for it but he has been doing it quite regularly in training. He has looked sharp. "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. "He has now proved he can be a valuable asset for the club, coming on and scoring goals like that."

Source: PA