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Leighton Baines believes Everton FC can overcome derby dismay
Published : 08 Feb 2010 07:00:00
WE'LL HIT BACK AT CHELSEA LEIGHTON Baines believes Everton can overcome the dismay of derby defeat and spring a shock result against Chelsea. 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. 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. 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. '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. '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. '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. 'He will be a big player for us and Jack Rodwell is getting back to full fitness too which is important.' Baines believes that the first-half red card for Liverpool defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos made Everton's task even harder. 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. 'But them going down to 10 men seemed to make it that bit more difficult for us. 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.' He also said Liverpool singled out his partner on the left flank, Steven Pienaar, but was not surprised by Rafa Benitez's tactics.