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Everton rescued a point from the jaws of defeat against Liverpool on Saturday, with club captain Phil Jagielka scoring a once-in-a-lifetime goal in injury time. The skipper smashed the ball home from long range to send the Toffees fans into delirium at Anfield, but there is bad news on the horizon after winger Kevin Mirallas suffered a thigh injury in the first half. The latest update from the club is that the results of his scan are still being assessed internally, but reports tonight suggest that the Belgian is looking at around four weeks out of action.
The derby did see something else positive though - the emergence of Tyias Browning. The youngster came on as a substitute for Tony Hibbert in the 73rd minute, with the 20-year-old making his first appearance for the club he has been with since the age of 10. Browning, who spent time out on loan at Wigan Athletic last season, impressed in his limited time on the pitch despite having to face Raheem Sterling, and now he wants to be the next Everton youngster to make a consistent impact.
"When I was told I was going on, it was nerves more than anything," said Browning. "It was a big game to come into but I thought I did well and it was a good result for us in the end. Obviously he [Roberto Martinez] knew it was an important game, as do the fans. I was just pleased that he trusted me to come on and do a job."
"He told me to attack and try to score a goal, but to be aware of the counter-attack. Sterling is one of the quickest players I’ve played against but I thought I did okay. It’s taken me 10 years to get to this day. Hopefully there’ll be many more [games] to come now. I was pleased with myself and hopefully I did enough to get selected again," he added.
Finally, winger Aiden McGeady has been able to shed some light on Everton's Europa League opponents this week. The Irish international was signed from Spartak Moscow, meaning he faced Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League, who McGeady shared some insight on. The former Celtic man explained how Krasnodar have risen up through the Russian pyramid in recent years, and knows that it will be a tough game when Everton travel to Russia for Thursday's fixture.