Leicester 1-2 Everton: Mason Holgate turns home a vital winner at the King Power to pull Frank Lampard’s side out of the Premier League drop zone after relegation rivals Burnley and Leeds both suffered defeat over the weekend
- Everton claimed a precious 2-1 victory away at Leicester on Sunday afternoon
- Patson Daka initially cancelled out Vitaliy Mykolenko’s opener for the Toffees
- But Mason Holgate then netted what proved the winner on the half-hour mark
- Frank Lampard’s men have moved above Burnley and Leeds out of the drop zone
Frank Lampard’s hailed Jordan Pickford as one of the world’s best after the England goalkeeper’s spectacular saves earned Everton another vital win in their battle for Premier League survival.
Everton won away from home for the first time since August to seal back-to-back wins and climb out of the relegation zone – and they will fancy their chances of making it three victories in a row at relegated Watford on Wednesday.
Ukrainian star Vitalii Mykolenko gave Everton an early lead and though Patson Daka equalised for Leicester, Mason Holgate – who declared himself fit only hours before the game after illness – restored the visitors’ advantage on the half-hour, and Pickford’s efforts ensured they held on to it.
Everton claimed a precious 2-1 victory away at Leicester to move out of the relegation zone
Vitaliy Mykolenko fired the Toffees in front with a superb long-range strike after six minutes
The Ukrainian ensured Frank Lampard’s men got off to the perfect start at the King Power
‘Jordan gives the team huge confidence,’ said Lampard, who was also indebted to Pickford’s brilliance in the win over Chelsea on May 1. ‘You need goalkeepers to make big saves for you and I’m pleased he is getting the recognition he deserves.
‘He is not just England’s No1 but one of the top goalkeepers in the world. For some reason you don’t always get the recognition you deserve as England’s No1.
But it only took Patson Daka five minutes to convert past Jordan Pickford and equalise
Daka’s strike cancelled out the opener from Mykolenko inside the opening 12 minutes
That was before Mason Holgate turned home the eventual winner on the half-hour mark
Leicester (3-4-2-1): Schmeichel 6; Amartey 6, Fofana 6, Evans 6.5, Castagne 6,5, Tielemans 5, Mendy 5 (Vardy 66, 6), Dewsbury-Hall 6; Iheanacho 5.5, Perez 5 (Barnes 46, 6); Daka 6 (Lookman 80). Subs not used: Ward, Soyuncu, Albrighton, Choudhury, Thomas, Soumare.
Scorers: Daka 11
Booked: Mendy, Amartey
Manager: Brendan Rodgers 5.5
Everton (5-4-1): Pickford 8; Iwobi 7, Coleman 6, Mina 5.5 (Keane 18, 6.5), Holgate 6.5, Mykolenko 6.5 (Kenny 66, 6); Gordon 7.5, Doucoure 7.5, Delph 7, Gray 6.5 (Rondon 74, 6), Richarlison 7. Subs not used: Begovic, Allan, Calvert-Lewin, Begovic, Gomes, Alli, Welch.
Scorers: Mykolenko 6, Holgate 30
Manager: Frank Lampard 7
Referee: Craig Pawson 5.5
‘A week ago we were five points away from safety and now we are a point above the relegation zone. But we are still in a relegation fight and nothing is done. We need to protect against over-confidence.
‘Our away form has been a problem and there has never been a more important time to put it right. We were banging the drum to ensure the players knew we needed to change our form without the Goodison Park crowd behind us – though fortunately we had a version of it here.’
The 3,301 travelling Everton fans were in joyous mood but Leicester were booed off at half-time and full-time. They are now without a win in five in the league and after losing in the Europa Conference League to Roma, their campaign is drifting to a disappointing end.
It was no surprise that the winner should come from a corner. It was the 23rd goal Leicester had conceded from a set piece this term, and the 19th from corners alone.
Manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he had an ‘honest conversation’ with his players afterwards. ‘I normally don’t say so much to the players after games but today was hugely disappointing and we need honest feedback to go forward,’ he said. ‘The players were very open and honest in the conversation and that is the best way.
‘The biggest disappointment was to concede the goal from the corner. It was just about sheer determination to defend the ball into the box. It’s on me and I need to keep looking at that until the summer, when we can do something about it.’
It was a massive moment for Lampard, whose side have now moved out of the relegation zone
Holgate’s winner handed them a vital set of three points in their bid to avoid the dreaded drop