Match Report| Everton 2-1 Leicester City
No wins since the middle of December saw us 9th in the table but only 8 points above bottom. How we’re still 9th going into this game against Leicester is beyond me. This league’s shit. “Must win” doesn’t even do this one justice.
Rumours were circulating that 27 million quid striker Cenk Tosun was sitting this one out on the bench; those rumours were true come 6:45 when the team news was announced. He had an hour at Spurs and just over an hour against West Brom and he’s been dropped already. Unbelievable.
The big (and good) news was a return for Seamus Coleman after 10 months out after his double leg break. Was he fit though? He’d only played half an under 23 game in the week. Still though, glad he’s back. Martina filled in at left back again, all because Steve Walsh the P.E teacher couldn’t find a left back when he had a month to do so. Nob’ed.
Not 2 weeks after Allardyce claimed that Sigurðsson and Rooney couldn’t play in the same together, Sigurðsson and Rooney were named in the starting 11 and were in fact, playing together. That fat bulb head hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing has he?
Leicester hit the bar after 9 minutes when Harry Maguire, the fella with the biggest head in football behind Eric Dier, powered a header that crashed against the crossbar. We’re getting battered here aren’t we? Nope.
Some hard work from Martina, who had his best game in an Everton last night, saw him disposses Chilwell on the edge of the 18 yard box, he teed up Sigurðsson who crossed low towards Walcott and the winger swept it home past Schmeichel for his first goal for the blues. We were the better team now, never thought I’d say that again all season.
Niasse showed his true colours when he produced what could be miss of the season, when he had a shot on the turn, 6 yards out, goal gaping, no one round him and he’s somehow managed to completely miss the target. There was 38,000 people there last night and without being dramatic, 38,000 people would’ve scored that chance. That should’ve been 2-0.
3 minutes later it was. Rooney sent a cross in from the right, Michael Keane towered above his marker and Walcott arrived at the back post and slotted it past Schmeichel. We’ve scored 2 goals, lads. What’s happening?
The second half was more of the same, we carried on pressing, playing flowing football and Leicester couldn’t get near us at times. Niasse had all sorts of chances but were either missed or saved by the keeper. It’s weird going the match and actually enjoying being there. The new Coleman/Walcott partnership down the right was a thing of beauty, both on the same wavelength and both untouchable last night. They created chance upon chance and on another day we’d have scored 5 or 6.
20 minutes to go and Wayne Rooney pulled down Ndidi in the box off the ball. Penalty Leicester. Well in, Wayne lad. Vardy showed us all how a penalty should be taken, twatting it into the bottom left corner and our lead’s been halved. Tense, nervous, shit.
How Leicester didn’t score a second still bewilders me. They hit the bar again and then Iheanacho smashed against the post from about a yard out. We were massively under the cosh here but we held out.
Coleman was boss last night and he didn’t stop running til the final whistle, which answers my question of, “is he fit?” So good to see him back.
A huge 3 points for us last night and a very impressive performance from the majority of the team. On to Arsenal away next. We never win down there. “There” being London so I’m not expecting much, if anything.
Up the toffees