Leighton Baines believes Everton FC can overcome derby dismay

08 February 2010 07:00
WE'LL HIT BACK AT CHELSEA[LNB]LEIGHTON Baines believes Everton can overcome the dismay of derby defeat and spring a shock result against Chelsea.[LNB]The Blues left-back is confident that his team-mates can cope with the loss of massively influential stars Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar and still put a dent in Carlo Ancelotti's title hopes on Wednesday night at Goodison.[LNB]Baines, who admitted that Liverpool's hunger for victory won the day at Anfield, wants to make amends straight away, as the Toffees' tricky run of February fixtures continues.[LNB]He said: 'It feels like a massive opportunity missed. We came up against a Liverpool side that started out well and showed they were hungry.[LNB]'We are very strong at home though, and feel confident we can beat anyone at Goodison. There have been a few games against Chelsea when we've played well and should have beaten them.[LNB]'There's a few games against the top four sides which have been the same. We have just got a point rather than what we deserved, but if we play anything like we did at Stamford Bridge we can get a point.[LNB]'We will miss Steven because of his ban, and missing Marouane too means we are without two very influential players but at least Mikel came on and got some good minutes.[LNB]'He will be a big player for us and Jack Rodwell is getting back to full fitness too which is important.'[LNB]Baines believes that the first-half red card for Liverpool defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos made Everton's task even harder.[LNB]He said: 'They really set out their stall in the first 15 minutes but once the game slowed down, we felt we had a chance and we were comfortable.[LNB]'But them going down to 10 men seemed to make it that bit more difficult for us.[LNB]I think automatically when you do go down to 10 men you tend to stay in your slots and make it hard to play against them.'[LNB]He also said Liverpool singled out his partner on the left flank, Steven Pienaar, but was not surprised by Rafa Benitez's tactics.

Source: Liverpool_Echo