Everton star: I'll never forget Europa League trip, thanks to the fans

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Everton defender John Stones says that he will have fond memories of the club's draw in the Europa League last night.

John Stones says that he will never forget their match last night in the Europa League.

Everton struggled to a point away against Krasnodar in Russia, but Stones clearly will have fond memories of his first taste of European action away from Goodison Park. 

The Toffees were not at their best as they grabbed a late equaliser through Samuel Eto'o to ensure that their long-trip was worthwhile and Stones believes that it could be a good point.

"It’s a big learning curve for me but a night I’ll never forget," he said to the Liverpool Echo. "The fans were brilliant. To see them in the hotel before the game and see them cheering us on from the away end was massive. A big thanks to them.

“I think when you come away from home you have got to at least take something from it. You can’t be losing and we showed our mental strength to get a point.

“It’s a very good point. We were a bit sloppy for the first goal but we showed character to come back and score the equaliser. We knew it was coming and we dug in there."

The draw puts Everton in a commanding position in their Europa League group and they will now be looking to maintain this good form in the competition.

After beating Wolfsburg 4-1 in the opening game they put themselves in a good position and the point yesterday evening means they are now favourites to qualify from their group.

Roberto Martinez has targeted a good run in the tournament this year and his side have not let him down so far. 

Unfortunately, their league form has been less impressive and Stones' focus will now be on beating Manchester United in Premier League action this weekend.

The Toffees are languishing in the bottom half of the top-flight, but a win at Old Trafford should propel them up the table and give them some momentum to build upon.

Doing so will not be an easy feat, though, and Stones will know that he will have to be on the top of his game if he is to stop the Red Devils' impressive attacking unit from scoring.

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