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Striker netted late equaliser at Stamford Bridge to snatch draw

Leighton Baines hailed the performance of Jermaine Beckford who notched Everton’s equaliser against Chelsea on Saturday.

The former Leeds United striker has been hampered by a lack of playing time since his move to Goodison Park.

Before the match at Stamford Bridge, Beckford had scored only once in the Premier League - a late goal at home to Bolton which earned David Moyes’s side a draw.

But Baines insists his team-mate deserves credit and believes the striker’s natural positioning will pay dividends at the end of the season.

"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 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."

Baines went on to praise Everton’s performance and the buccaneering left-back believes a point against the Premier League champions will undoubtedly boost morale.

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

"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 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.

"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."

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