Everton 0, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Another difficult away fixture, and surely another surprise line-up, but it all ended as well as anyone could have hoped for. What a great battling performance. First half was very sloppy from both sides, and a lot of errors in most areas of the field.

Puel had again made changes, and as long as you don’t have a chance to understand what is going on and have any inside information, you just have to trust the decissions made, despite being a bit surprised by some of the selections.

Choudhury was back in the team, and he has been outstanding in all games, hopefully Puel will keep him a steady first teamer now, as he again was among the most important Leicester City players on the field.

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Everton had the ball the most, but both Maguire and Evans were very solid today and looks as they can do this job, with Morgan absent, surely Evans shows the quality needed. Also impressed by Simpson who is really showing what a great professional he is.

Chilwell was as always rock solid at the left, and had an excellent run almost scoring, going from his own half and could have passed to Vardy, but instead just attacked and surely showed his quality.

Marc Albrighton came in after the first half, replacing Rachid Ghezzal who looks a bit away from his top form, making too many errors to be a first team starter at this point, leaving out both Gray and Albrighton and even Maddison, that is not easy to understand.

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We always know that Jamie Vardy will get his chance or two and this time it came after a counterattack at 54 minutes, a Pereira pass, a great run by Vardy and a well placed shot under the hands of Jordan Pickford.

It was a bit rocky and shaky in the rest of the game, but as we mentioned earlier the work rate of the Leicester City players were at a very high level.

Ndidi and Mendy made a few errors but they worked so hard to get the ball back that you just feel lucky to have such battling players in the team. To see all points finding the way down in the Leicester City pocket, made a fantastic start to the new year.

  • Positives:
    • Defending like rocks, fantastic work ethic
    • Clinical goal from Jamie Vardy, what a player
    • Evans back in the team, Simpson as well, great professionals
    • Pereira again so fantastic, this time at the flank
    • Choudhury, he is so impressive, working and battling, tackling, just great
    • Keeping Everton to a distanse away from goal and not giving them much
    • Puel managing three wins in the last four, fantastic results
  • Negatives:
    • Evans getting a yellow
    • Maguire should have killed the game, his finishing wasn’t good enough
    • Too many passes backwards or to the side, should play more straight forward
    • Ghezzal playing, not really a first teamer at this moment

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Simpson 8, Chilwell 8, Evans 8, Maguire 7, Ndidi 6, Mendy 6, Choudhury 8, Ghezzal 3, Vardy 7, Pereira 9, Subs: Albrighton 6, Gray

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 60 / 40
  • Corners: 0 / 5
  • Shots on target: 2 / 7
  • Shots wide: 4 / 3
  • Fouls: 5 / 6
  • Offsides: 1 / 2

 

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