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Leighton Baines hails important Everton victory

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Everton defender Leighton Baines has hailed their 2-1 victory against Lincoln City on Saturday as an “important” step for the club in the FA Cup.

Baines highlighted the final result as the most important stat in the game as Everton struggled to a 2-1 win over Lincoln City at Goodison Park.

The Toffees will now advance to the fourth round of the competition and Baines is looking forward to how far they can go this season.

“It is a fantastic cup, something everyone around the world respects and a good opportunity for us to get some success,” Baines told the club’s official website.

“Today was the first step to getting to where we want to be.

“We got the job done, we created enough chances for it to look better on paper and more comfortable.

“And we would all like to have scored more goals… we had the chances to do that. But we wouldn’t have gone anywhere else, we’d have still been in the hat for the next round.

“We got the job done and we look forward to being in it.

“We started well enough and got two goals ahead but from there we made it slightly difficult for ourselves,” said Baines.

“We knew they’d be strong from set-pieces and that eventually got them back in the game.

“But we should give Lincoln some credit, they did the work and made it a difficult day for us.

“I think the confidence they got from scoring the goal gave them a boost. It was almost like a cup final for them and they grew into the game.

“We should still have had more composure and quality to see that through and get more goals. And we did press and had quite a few opportunities.

“But the most important thing was to win and be in the draw for the next round.”