Stoke 1 Everton 1: Leighton Baines eyes winning Toffees run
Stoke 1 Everton 1: Leighton Baines wants the Toffees to finish the festive period in a "healthy position" at the Potters
Leighton Baines urged Everton to finish the festive period in a “healthy position” after the left-back scored a late penalty to seal a point at Stoke City.
The Potters appeared to be heading towards a 1-0 victory after Oussama Assaidi scored his third Premier League goal of the season in the 49th minute.
You always want to take maximum points
However Jermaine Pennant’s foul on Leon Osman handed Everton a stoppage time penalty and England international Baines slotted his spot-kick past Jack Butland.
Everton drop to fifth after Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Hull City at Anfield, but Baines still feels the Toffees are in good shape at the start of the new year.
“We deserved at least a point,” Baines told BBC Sport.
“It’s always difficult when you come here – the wind was swirling and that made it tough but it’s the same for everyone.”
He added: “You always want to take maximum points but we’ve got a couple of games coming up which we want to win so we end up coming away from this Christmas period in a healthy position.”