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Baines disappointed with draw

November 5, 2012
By Mike Whalley

Leighton Baines has urged Everton to be more clinical in order to keep up their push for European football.

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David Moyes' side missed several chances to secure victory at Fulham on Saturday, and had to settle for a 2-2 draw after conceding a late equaliser.

Marouane Fellaini scored two second-half goals to take his total for the season to five, and the point ensured Everton moved back up to fourth in the Premier League because Tottenham lost at home to Wigan.

But Baines, who has scored twice for his club and once for England this season, believes Everton have to take their chances if they are to maintain their lofty league position.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "We should have scored more goals and it shouldn't have been an option for them to get a late equaliser. We didn't take our chances and got punished for it.

"When we're at our best we mix it up; we go long and we play football as well and that's when teams don't know what to do with us.

"They're not sure whether to come in and get tight or stand off. We're not over-reliant on creative players or passing that can sometimes be a bit one-dimensional; we've got a bit of everything. We can beat teams up and play around them.

"There were so many chances. Even if we'd taken one at 3-1 it would have been game over, but we just weren't clinical enough. So we're really disappointed because to come away with a draw felt like a loss."

The result at Fulham was Everton's fourth successive draw, after they were held by Wigan, QPR and Liverpool, and Baines wants to see some more victories.

He added: "It's maybe an indication of how well we played that we're gutted, but overall an indication of how far we've come would've been that we won the game.

"So if we want to get to the level we want to be at, we need to win games against Wigan and Fulham when we create chances. If we want to get where we want to be, that's what we must do.

"We feel we're on the cusp of it because of the good stuff we're playing but we need to be less naive defensively at times and use our wits to see games out, and be more clinical."