Baines relieved with first win

Left-back voices Everton joy at getting victory before derby clash

Baines: Saw weekend win as crucial

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Leighton Baines is relieved Everton avoided the "torture" of going another two weeks without a win in the Premier League.

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The Toffees won 2-0 at Birmingham on Saturday to ensure they did not head into the international break still searching for their first league victory of the new campaign.

That also lifted David Moyes' men out of the bottom three to 17th, above derby rivals Liverpool on goal difference.

And the Merseyside pair meet at Goodison Park immediately after the international break on 17th October, so left-back Baines is well aware how important it was for Everton to get up and running.

"It was vital for us to get off the mark," he told the Liverpool Echo.

Torture

"I couldn't have imagined facing the next couple of weeks still having not won and it would have been torture really in some ways.

"We're not going to try to kid ourselves and pretend it doesn't matter, because it does.

"We want to be higher up the table. The win over Birmingham will hopefully give us the springboard to do that."

Everton then travel to Tottenham on 23rd October before hosting Stoke the following week.