On an evening to recollect for Theo Walcott, the brand new Everton signing really stole the present with a first-half brace in a a lot wanted 2-1 win for Sam Allardyce’s Toffees.
Leicester did not have the very best of pre-match preparation going to Goodison Park, with deadline day drawing to an in depth, talisman Riyad Mahrez missed the sport after handing in a switch request solely to be denied becoming a member of Manchester Metropolis after 4 bids for the Algerian worldwide had been rejected by the Foxes.
However, Everton put in an impressed efficiency on the night time that noticed the much-anticipated return of Seamus Coleman to their beginning lineup for the primary time in 10 months, since his horrific leg break.
The guests then began to get a grip on the sport, with Wilfred Ndidi coming excruciatingly shut with a header which hit the bar, in an opportunity the Nigerian worldwide actually ought to have transformed.
On his 200th Premier League look, Marc Albrighton was inflicting Everton every kind of issues down the appropriate flank 1 / 4 of an hour into the motion, repeatedly whipping within the ball to harmful areas of the Toffees field to no avail, nonetheless.
In opposition to the run of play, the sport was turned on its head when Theo Walcott tapped in from close-range after some extraordinarily sloppy defending from Ben Chilwell which was capitalised on by Gylfi Sigurdsson, who slid the ball gracefully throughout the 6-yard field for Walcott to open his account for Everton.
A interval of dominance adopted from Everton, with
With confidence in Goodison Park rising, with the gamers and followers alike, Everton discovered the ball at the back of the web once more, with some good link-up play between Wayne Rooney and Michael Keane, which discovered Theo Walcott for his and Everton’s second of the night time; the blue half of Merseyside had been roaring going into the interval.
The second-half started very like the primary ended, with Everton attempting to utilise their counter-attacks and utilizing the roar of the Goodison trustworthy to their benefit.
Theo Walcott then turned supplier, with some terrific play down the right-wing whipping a ball into the 6-yard field, which
Leicester had been determined to get Jamie Vardy concerned within the recreation, with Everton dominating possession, and searching more likely to get a 3rd; nervousness amongst the Foxes was actually beginning to present.
Walcott and Coleman had been exhibiting indicators of a promising partnership for Everton followers to look ahead to sooner or later and had been inflicting Claude Puel’s aspect every kind of issues down the appropriate wing.
In a controversial determination, Wayne Rooney conceded a penalty, from which Jamie Vardy transformed comfortably; the sport was properly and truely again on out of nowhere with 20 minutes to play.
Claude Puel struck while the iron was sizzling and introduced on striker
With 10 minutes to go, the safety blanket Theo Walcott supplied Everton within the first-half of play was beginning to wither, and Leicester repeatedly attacked the Everton back-line; and the stress from the Everton followers was beginning to present of their groups play.
Everton managed to hold-out nonetheless, in a large win for Sam Allardyce’s males, and a terrific night time for brand new signing Theo Walcott.
Nonetheless, Everton will go into their subsequent fixture in opposition to Arsenal stuffed with confidence and shall be hoping Theo Walcott can produce one other efficiency just like the one he put in tonight in opposition to his outdated workers.
Everton beginning XI:
Leicester Metropolis beginning XI:
Tonight’s beginning XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton, Ndidi, James, Grey, Okazaki, Vardy.
Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Silva, Iborra, Diabaté, Iheanacho. #EveLei pic.twitter.com/ddFOJKcBon
— Leicester Metropolis (@LCFC) January 31, 2018