Moyes lauds 'extraordinary' Baines
Published 07/10/2012 | 13:27
David Moyes has called on his Everton players to follow the example set by in-form full-back Leighton Baines whose late penalty equaliser capped a towering display in the Toffees' 2-2 draw at Wigan.
In a week which saw the future of England's left-back berth thrown into doubt by some errant tweeting from Ashley Cole, Baines headed into the international break with the praise of Moyes ringing in his ears following his 88th-minute strike, after earlier goals from Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo had sandwiched a Nikica Jelavic effort.
"Leighton has been a big asset for us for a long time and we are hoping to have the same [impact] down the right and in other areas as well. We had it with Jelavic getting forward and getting us another goal," Moyes said.
"Leighton was extraordinary for us. At times he was unstoppable - he was that good. I think we were disappointed we were trailing and it was a great effort to stick at it and get a hard-earned point."
Everton's fine start to the season came under threat in a lethargic first half performance and it took the excellent Kone just 10 minutes to break the deadlock when he headed home at point-blank range.
Moyes' frustration that Kone was in an offside position when he stooped to head home lasted less than a minute as his side went down the other end and equalised when Jelavic nodded home from a header after a cross by Steven Pienaar.
Wigan went on to enjoy their best spell of the game and went back in front in the 23rd minute when Kone dribbled in along the right by-line and beat Baines before cutting the ball back for Di Santo to slam home.
Di Santo and Shaun Maloney both came close to extending Wigan's lead and the home side earned praise from Moyes, who said: "Wigan make it very difficult for you and they are a much better team than many in the league give them credit for."
The Toffees steadied themselves and got their reward with three minutes to go when Maynor Figueroa fouled Kevin Mirallas in the box and Baines fired the penalty high into the net.