Baines expects difficult test

28 July 2017 03:55:40 EST

Leighton Baines accepts that Everton will find it tough to see off MFK Ruzomberok in next week's Europa League third qualifying round second leg clash.

The former Wigan Athletic left-back scored the only goal with a deflected low shot on Thursday as Ronald Koeman's struggled against a well-organised Slovakian outfit.

Baines admitted afterwards: "We know we are in for a tough game next week, it was tough tonight.

"But at least we will know a bit more about what to expect, and as a team we will know each other that bit better too."

Everton are 12121/1 to win the Europa League outright in 2017/18 while Koeman's side are 1/1 to finish in the top six of the Premier League this season.

Meanwhile, the Everton boss picked out new recruit Sandro Ramirez for special praise, saying: "1-0 with a clean sheet is not a bad result in Europe. Maybe people were expecting a bigger score but you cannot expect to be at 100 per cent in the first game of the season.

"We didn't pass the ball well enough in the first half but we looked sharper in the second. Ramirez showed some good pace up front."

Wayne Rooney went close to scoring on the half-hour mark while Kevin Mirallas had a shot blocked on the line, but it was merely a solid display by the Toffees with little for the Goodison Park faithful to get too excited about.

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