Leighton Baines seeks dead-ball responsibility


Everton defender Leighton Baines is hoping his fantastic free-kick in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Tottenham Hotspur will see him handed the set-piece responsibilities more often.

The left-back curled a stunning strike that flew into Heurelho Gomes' top corner to hand the Toffees a first-half lead, but Rafael van der Vaart's fortunate effort ensured the points were shared in the capital.

With Mikel Arteta usually the go-to-man for the Merseysiders, the pair are now set for a battle in future dead ball situations.

"I don't know if there is an understanding as much as he just takes them," he said.

"When we get over it, we discuss it, and Mikel ends up taking his fair share and I take a few as well.

"I wouldn't say either of us are massive specialists, so if one of us says we really fancy it then we leave it to each other.

"But hopefully I'll be able to take a few more. I've not scored a lot of goals, but when I have scored they have tended to be memorable ones and that's another one for me really.

"It was very nice for me to see it come down and end up in the back of the net and I'm very pleased with it."

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