A returning Leighton Baines helped Everton to a 2-0 victory on Saturday in the English Premier League, beating Brighton & Hove Albion to get back on track after two consecutive defeats.
Baines had been out of action since November after suffering a knee injury against Southampton, but popped up to provide the assist for Cenk Tosun, who scored the Toffees’ second of the afternoon.
The left-back was also a major reason they kept a clean sheet, the club’s first one in 2018.
Fans were absolutely delighted to see him back in action, believing he’s a key player for their side, despite being a veteran at 33 years of age.
Sam Allardyce’s side have lacked a natural left-back and it’ll be interesting to see if the return of their vice-captain can help stabilising their defence in the closing stages of the season.
With not much to play for in the final eight games, fans are at least hoping to see signs of improvement ahead of the summer.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Baines’ performance…
Important 3 points yesterday. Baines and Coleman showing the difference of having 2 quality full-backs on the pitch, improving us both defensively and going forward. Also Cenk and Walcott are boss! #EFC
— OnceABlueAlwaysABlue (@AlwaysABlue85) March 11, 2018
— Wally (@gwally04) March 11, 2018
With Baines and Coleman for the first time this season, Everton played with an identity again. Too much rabbit out the hat until now, but not yesterday #EFC
— Ben Grounds (@Ben_Islington) March 11, 2018
Everton's team looks much better with Baines, Coleman, Bolasie back and Walcott so it'll be interesting to see if Sam can get a bit more out of them now. He might have to. #EFC
— AttackingCentreBack (@AttackingCB) March 10, 2018
— Jim M (@Leaffan27) March 10, 2018
— Lee (@lee_efc78) March 10, 2018
— Daniel Button (@D_Button) March 10, 2018
— Paul (@pnolan07) March 10, 2018