Toffees escape league "torture"

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Everton defender Leighton Baines is relieved a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season has avoided the "torture" of going through the international break still without a win.

A 2-0 win over Birmingham at St Andrews, the first time the Blues had lost at home in the league for a year, lifted David Moyes' side out of the bottom three and up to 17th. Everton meet rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park on the resumption of league action on October 17 and Baines is well aware how crucial their first win was.

"It was vital for us to get off the mark," he said.

"I couldn't have imagined facing the next couple of weeks still having not won and it would have been torture really in some ways.

"We're not going to try and kid ourselves and pretend it doesn't matter, because it does."

Baines told the Liverpool Echo: "We want to be higher up the table. The win over Birmingham will hopefully give us the springboard to do that."

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