Everton 2, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Games comes thick and fast and this time it was a difficult hurdle to jump as Everton are not a minor at home at Goodison Park. Leicester City soon discovered their faith as they were 1-0 down after just a few minutes

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Things went from worse to bad when Wilfred Ndidi decided to bring his hands up to his head and clearly and foolishly got punished for his mistake on Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson had no problem to convert from the penalty spot.

Carlo Ancelotti has since joining Everton build a team difficult to beat and while Leicester City tried their best and had the ball and possession for the rest of the half, they were never able to put enough pressure on Jordan Pickford to get the ball in the net.

Without Ricardo Pereira, Leicester City have discovered what a fantastic player he is and how he makes this team complete with his offensive approach. Not to blame James Justin, who doing a proper job on the right back, but his presence is not enough to replace the lively Pereira, no one can, sadly.

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Leicester City made an early 2nd half substitution, bringing on Kelechi Iheanacho and with him on the field it made it more difficult for Everton, getting the best out of a chance created and pushing the ball over the line with his stomach, but a goal is a goal, and with this goal hope for more was of course present.

Leicester City put pressure on Everton and Iheanacho came close again after being played free by Jamie Vardy. When also James Maddison came on, it made it even more obvious that we are missing our best players heavily. Maddison made good contribution, but was not 100% match fit and we could clearly see that he had problems, but still fought to the limit.

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Brendan Rodgers brought on Demarai Gray and Ayoze Perez for the last few minutes as well, but it was not enough time to get another goal, even if the pressure and ball possession indicated what a clear domination it was.

Despite losing this game, this team will not lose them all, as they are clearly going to get this correctly by just pushing on, hopefully it will be a full bag of points collected at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

  • Positives
    • Caglar Soyuncu, great presence, colossal performance
    • 2nd half performance, this will turn
    • Kelechi contribution when coming on
    • Playing Everton out at home, really impressive
  • Negatives:
    • Letting in an early goal, sloppy defending
    • Wilfred Ndidi not able to control his body inside the penalty area
    • Jamie Vardy not on the scoresheet, drying up
    • Losing, not scoring enough, not creating enough clear chances
    • Ayoze Perez, why isn’t he playing from start
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Justin 5, Chilwell 6, Evans 6, Soyuncu 7, Tielemans 5, Praet 5, Ndidi 6, Barnes 4, Vardy 4, Albrighton 5 Subs: Iheanacho 7, Maddison, Gray, Perez

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Caglar Soyuncu

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 34 / 66
  • Corners: 3 / 5
  • Shots on target: 2 / 3
  • Fouls: 13 / 10

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