Baines - We will bounce back
Leighton Baines believes Everton will soon bounce back from their derby disappointment, despite an imposing fixture list.
Last Updated: 03/10/11 5:11pm
Defender Leighton Baines believes Everton will soon bounce back from their derby disappointment, despite an imposing fixture list.
The Toffees head into the international break still angry after Jack Rodwell was harshly sent off 23 minutes into the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
Bolstered by the extra man the Reds went on to win 2-0 thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
The derby defeat comes hot on the heels of a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City while Manchester United, Fulham and Chelsea twice all lie in wait in the coming weeks.
Baines, though, feels this is the sort of situation that brings the best out of the Toffees squad, who are desperate to make up for Saturday's game.
"We always tend to dig deep and find something in adversity," said the England defender.
"That's what we'll do now. We've got the break to let it all settle and sort of get back after that and hope time heals it.
"We can't dwell on it, we need to look at the games next up and come out fighting."
Baines also suggested that Suarez's reaction played a part in Rodwell's sending off.
The Uruguayan writhed around in apparent pain after the challenge with the youngster, though replays suggested the contact was not as bad as first thought.
"From my point of view, if I'm on the receiving end of that tackle in a game like the derby I accept it," added Baines.
"The initial tackle is good. It gets a tiny bit of him (Suarez) on the follow through. Minor. And he goes down.
"Everyone's different. There will be other lads on their team, and most of our team who would get up after that. He obviously has a little roll around.
"Maybe the little bit of contact did hurt him, you don't know, but that's less of a talking point than the decision.
"You always try your best not to really talk about it and make excuses but sometimes it's hard not to.
"Most of their players were shaking their heads telling you it's not a red card, so when you've got their lads saying that, it says enough."