Gareth Barry

Barry happy with Euro clean sheet

Everton Europa League 2015 Gareth BarryEverton midfielder Gareth Barry says he is pleased with the 0-0 draw with Lille in the Europa League last night, but admitted the game won’t last long in the memory from a football point of view.

The two sides played out a dull game where chances were kept to a minimum for both teams, but Barry said that a clean sheet in Europe is a rare commodity that should be enjoyed.

Barry said, “It’s definitely not going to go down as a classic game but in terms of where we are in the group and the way we’ve performed in the Europa League it was a very good point.

“To come here, play against a good team and keep a clean sheet meant we were reasonably happy in the dressing room.

“Obviously we’re greedy at times like this and want to win games but in the grand scheme of things it was a decent result.

“We expected them to come out a little bit more in the second half and maybe hit them on the counter. It did happen once or twice and Aiden (McGeady) was a bit unlucky. But overall we played it pretty safe. We defended well.

“The biggest positive was another clean sheet.  They don’t come along too often on the road in Europe so we’re pleased with that.

“We want to try and go to Burnley on Sunday now and get three in a row. If we do that at Turf Moor there’s every chance we’ll get three points.

“We’re in a strong position in the group but we won’t get cocky. It only takes one result in one of the other games and you can be looking over your shoulder again. It’s important that we’ve got two games at Goodison and continue our good form there.”

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