The England defender believes the Blues played well enough to get a point in their eventual 2-1 defeat by Chelsea yesterday, but with injuries mounting David Moyes had few options to try and claw back an equaliser from the bench. Everton were without Marouane Fellaini, who served the last game of his recent suspension, Darron Gibson, Seamus Coleman, Phil Neville, Kevin Mirallas, and Tony Hibbert – and Baines said that increasing the size of their small squad could be crucial next month. He said:
“The manager and his staff work hard at looking for new people. They scout the world and even if it’s only loans they try and do something as they have in the past.
"It tides you over and freshens things up sometimes but it’s a tough job for the manager because the funds aren’t always there to do the business he’d like to. If we’ve got everyone fit and available he’d have a few selection head aches.
"We just could do with getting everyone fit and available.
“You can see what we’re doing, at least matching a team like Chelsea without key players. We’ll get Felli back for Newcastle and hopefully we’ll have the lads who are out injured following not too far behind. Then we’ll look like a strong squad again.