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Baines pleased for Becks

Toffees full-back glad to see strike ace net against Chelsea

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Leighton Baines was delighted to see Jermaine Beckford among the goals at Chelsea on Saturday.

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The Everton striker has come in for criticism of late after struggling to get to grips with life in the Premier League.

He entered a weekend meeting with Chelsea with just one top flight goal to his name, forcing some to question his credentials.

Beckford was, however, able to double his tally for the season at Stamford Bridge, with his late header rescuing a point in a 1-1 draw.

"I think if anyone could have got the goal, we would have all chosen Becks because some people have given him a rough ride of late," Baines, who played a major part in the goal, told Sky Sports.

"But he has been coming on for 10 minutes and getting three chances, which says something about the natural ability he has got of getting in the right positions.

"If he keeps doing that, he has shown in the past that he is more than capable of scoring. He is going to be a big asset for us."


While Beckford got the all important goal, Baines shone for the Toffees down their left flank.

He was pleased with his individual performance and that of the team and felt Everton were good value for the point they picked up in the capital.

"To come to Stamford Bridge and get a point is always a decent result so we have to take some confidence from that," he said.

"We were working very hard, everybody has put a shift in, and I think that says a lot about us. We dug in and we kept going and in the end we got the goal that we probably deserved.

"We were definitely good value for a point, whether we could have won it I'm not sure, but we weren't hanging on in there or anything like that which can sometimes be the case when you come to places like this.

"We are quite pleased with what we've done today and hopefully it's a springboard for us to go on and put some decent results together."