LEIGHTON BAINES is backing the use of goalline technology after Everton were prevented from taking the lead for a second time against Aston Villa.
The England international rescued a point for Everton on Saturday afternoon with a penalty seven minutes from time but insists his side should not have required the late leveller.
Jermaine Beckford had a legitimate goal chalked off when referee Mike Jones and his assistant Stephen Child failed to spot his strike had crossed the line when cannoning back off the bar.
The goal would have put the Goodison Park side 2-1 up but within a minute of the confusion found themselves trailing by that scoreline after Darren Bent bagged his second of the match.
Baines believes using replays to rule on such close decisions is the way forward and the Everton defender says he would not mind a brief halt in the game to make sure justice prevailed.
“Video replays don't take long,” said Baines.
“They use it in other sports and so I don't know why it has not been introduced.
“I wouldn't mind at all if the game was stopped for 30 seconds or so as long as it meant we were getting the right decisions. Not only has the ball crossed the line and we've not been given it but Villa have gone up the other end and scored to add insult to injury. You'd sooner get those decisions right. “For a few seconds we were looking across for a signal from the linesman to say there's been a goal but there wasn't one. “If you have the technology in place and it is going to take less than a minute. Plus you're unlikely to get anymore than one of those incidents in a game, so it doesn't take a lot of time out of the game for the sake of getting decisions right.
But it's not a bad game as it is so I'm not complaining." As well as Beckford's thwarted attempt, the main talking point from the weekend's 2-2 draw was the make-up of Everton's bench.
The seven substitutes had not a single second of top flight English football experience between them at kick-off but thrust into action late in the second half Magaye Gueye and Apostolos Vellios made their mark with encouraging cameos.
Baines was delighted to see the prospects given an opportunity but believes they should not be rushed as Everton look to continue their decent form right through until the end of the season.
“I thought they did really well," he said.
"It was good to see them get on. I've been impressed with Magaye, he's been here since pre-season and he's had a couple of cup games. I've been impressed with him and getting on in the league will give him a lift.
"There have been times when he's trained really well but has not forced his way into the side, so this will give him encouragement.
“Apostolos has come into the side and was a bit of a handful and gave us a bit of a different dimension if you like. They put themselves about and I'm sure they'll be pleased.”