Leicester City 1-2 Everton: Vitaliy Mykolenko and Mason Holgate score as Toffees move out of bottom three - BBC Sport
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Leicester City 1-2 Everton: Vitaliy Mykolenko and Mason Holgate score as Toffees move out of bottom three

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Vitalii Mykolenko scores for Everton
Everton had lost their previous seven away league games - their longest run since October 1994

Everton climbed out of the Premier League relegation places by holding on for a hard-fought victory over Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

A stunning volley by Vitaliy Mykolenko and Mason Holgate's header gave Frank Lampard's side their third win in five games and ensured they remain in control of their destiny with four games to play.

Mykolenko finished superbly from Alex Iwobi's cross after six minutes but Patson Daka capitalised on Yerry Mina's attempted header back to Jordan Pickford to draw Leicester level five minutes later.

The unmarked Holgate was quickest to react after Kasper Schmeichel kept out Richarlison's initial header from a corner to restore the Toffees' lead after 30 minutes.

Forced to chase another equaliser, Leicester dominated for large periods in the second half - but they found England number one Pickford once again in inspired form.

Having made one of the saves of the season against Chelsea last Sunday, the Toffees goalkeeper produced sublime stops to deny Nampalys Mendy and Harvey Barnes to protect his side's narrow lead.

Everton moved up to 16th with victory, one point above Burnley and Leeds United, who lost 2-1 at Arsenal to drop to 18th.

The Toffees have played one game fewer than their relegation rivals.

"We had a plan and the players stuck to it, no matter what happened, no matter if they scored," Lampard told BBC Sport.

"It's far from done, but the players can be really happy with what they've done on the pitch today. We should enjoy the result - but we're by no means safe."

Defeat extends Leicester's winless Premier League run to five games and leaves Brendan Rodgers' side 14th in the table.

Pickford helps Everton move another step closer to safety

'A great feeling' - Lampard joy at Everton win

Everton began last Sunday a concerning five points behind Leeds and Burnley but, roared on by the Goodison Park crowd, recorded a crucial victory over Chelsea to stay within striking range of the sides above them.

Now, consecutive league wins for the first time since September - accompanied by defeat for Leeds at Arsenal and Burnley's loss to Aston Villa - mean Lampard's side will have the chance to go four points clear of them at already-relegated Watford on Wednesday.

The visitors, who had taken just six points away from home all season, made a nervous start in defence and Mina executed a superb sliding block to deny Daka after only two minutes.

Withdrawn midway through the first half because of injury, Mina was at fault as his header back towards goal was pounced on by Daka - a mere 15 seconds after Abdoulaye Doucoure had seen his shot pushed onto the post at the opposite end.

But the visitors responded positively to the setback as Holgate capitalised on the Foxes' well-known weakness from set-pieces - despite Schmeichel's best efforts.

'My responsibility' - Rodgers takes blame for Leicester defeat

Midfielder Anthony Gordon typifying the fight and determination that has underpinned Everton's recent upturn in form with driving runs in an attempt to ease the mounting pressure in the second half.

Denied a place in the Europa Conference League final by Roma on Thursday, Leicester have been left to pursue a top-half finish as they attempt to end a disappointing league campaign on a positive note.

However, their winless run extended to seven in all competitions as Pickford prevented Mendy's strike finding the top corner, before keeping out Barnes' low attempt among seven vital saves.

Rodgers said: "We have shot ourselves in the foot so many times this season. That is my responsibility. The confidence in the team in dealing with set-piece situations isn't there.

"I think back to where we were - and three years on we're disappointed not to win a trophy this season. But you need the hunger and desire and we haven't seen that."

Player of the match

MykolenkoVitalii Mykolenko

with an average of 7.50

Leicester City

  1. Squad number29Player nameDaka
    Average rating

    5.48

  2. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
    Average rating

    5.31

  3. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    5.26

  4. Squad number3Player nameFofana
    Average rating

    5.14

  5. Squad number7Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    5.02

  6. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
    Average rating

    5.01

  7. Squad number18Player nameAmartey
    Average rating

    5.00

  8. Squad number6Player nameEvans
    Average rating

    4.98

  9. Squad number9Player nameVardy
    Average rating

    4.97

  10. Squad number24Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    4.87

  11. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
    Average rating

    4.86

  12. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
    Average rating

    4.84

  13. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez
    Average rating

    4.78

  14. Squad number37Player nameLookman
    Average rating

    4.40

Everton

  1. Squad number19Player nameMykolenko
    Average rating

    7.50

  2. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    7.27

  3. Squad number24Player nameGordon
    Average rating

    6.99

  4. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    6.88

  5. Squad number33Player nameRondón
    Average rating

    6.87

  6. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    6.86

  7. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    6.84

  8. Squad number11Player nameGray
    Average rating

    6.81

  9. Squad number2Player nameKenny
    Average rating

    6.77

  10. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    6.73

  11. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    6.70

  12. Squad number8Player nameDelph
    Average rating

    6.70

  13. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    6.28

  14. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    6.25

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18AmarteyBooked at 88mins
  • 3FofanaBooked at 90mins
  • 6Evans
  • 24MendyBooked at 47minsSubstituted forVardyat 66'minutes
  • 27Castagne
  • 8Tielemans
  • 17PérezSubstituted forBarnesat 45'minutes
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 29DakaSubstituted forLookmanat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 7Barnes
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 20Choudhury
  • 33Thomas
  • 37Lookman
  • 42Soumaré

Everton

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 17Iwobi
  • 23Coleman
  • 13MinaSubstituted forKeaneat 18'minutes
  • 4Holgate
  • 19MykolenkoSubstituted forKennyat 66'minutes
  • 24Gordon
  • 16Doucouré
  • 8Delph
  • 11GraySubstituted forRondónat 74'minutes
  • 7Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 5Keane
  • 6Allan
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 15Begovic
  • 21André Gomes
  • 33Rondón
  • 36Alli
  • 64Welch
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
32,001

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Everton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Everton 2.

  3. Booking

    Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Wesley Fofana (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

    Salomón Rondón (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Timothy Castagne (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    Anthony Gordon (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Booking

    Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Amartey (Leicester City).

  11. Post update

    Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Timothy Castagne with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ademola Lookman (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Timothy Castagne with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wesley Fofana.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Ademola Lookman replaces Patson Daka.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

    Anthony Gordon (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Salomón Rondón replaces Demarai Gray.

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