Everton moved out of the relegation zone thanks to Jordan Pickford as they produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Vitaliy Mykolenko opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Patson Daka equalized in the 11th minute. Mason Holgate scored the all-important match-winner in the 30th minute. They leapfrogged Burnley and Leeds United and have a match in hand over both teams.
Leicester: Schmeichel (5), Amartey (6), Fofana (6), Evans (6), Castagne (6), Mendy (6), Tielemans (5), Perez (5), Dewsbury-Hall (6), Iheanacho (6), Daka (6).
Subs: Barnes (7), Vardy (6), Lookman (n/a).
Everton: Pickford (9), Iwobi (7), Coleman (6), Mina (6), Holgate (7), Mykolenko (7), Gordon (7), Doucoure (7), Delph (7), Gray (7), Richarlison (6).
Subs: Keane (8), Kenny (6), Rondon (6).
Man of the match: Jordan Pickford.
Everton manager Frank Lampard said: “The lads are fighting. We’re fighting as a club together. It was a tough game against a tough opponent, but I thought we deserved it. We defended well, showed great resilience in the team, created a lot of good chances, and could have even scored more. We rode our luck a little bit at times. We’re still in a relegation fight. It’s another big one, but there is still more to go. It’s important to enjoy these moments but realize there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said: “The nature of the two goals was very disappointing. From a throw-in and a corner again. It’s becoming very irritable. It’s a fundamental basis of the game. You sense the nervousness in the team. We’ve tried everything. I’ve looked at it in terms of the profile of the player we have. We put in an extra center-half to cope with those moments and changed the system for that. But we lack that concentration and determination to defend it and if you keep doing that, you undo a lot of your good work and that’s how it’s been for us too many times this season.”
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