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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 16 August 2014,

Leicester
2
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2
Everton
  • Kickoff: 15:00 BST
  • Stadium: King Power Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: King Power Stadium
  • Attendance: 31,603
  • 22' José Ulloa
  • 86' Chris Wood
  • 20' Aiden McGeady
  • 45' Steven Naismith

Leicester City

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Pearson has faith in Foxes

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson believes his team is capable of competing in the Barclays Premier League.

As is usually the case with newly-promoted sides, last season's Championship title winners are among those clubs tipped to struggle when the 2014/15 campaign gets under way this weekend.

While Pearson accepts that life will be significantly more challenging in the top flight, he believes his players can adapt.

The Foxes will contest a Premier League fixture for the first time in a decade on Saturday against Everton at the King Power Stadium.

Ahead of the game, Pearson said: "We were the best team in the league last season, obviously that won't be the case this time round.

"We are not going to dominate games like we did last season - that goes without saying - but there is an air of confidence among the players that they believe they have the ability to perform, and I fully agree.

"I believe we have a good squad which is capable of making the transition.

"We have a good balance in the squad in terms of seniority of players and some exciting young players who I think, providing they are able to adapt at a sensible rate, will do very well in the Premier League.

"I do believe we have players who are very capable of doing very well.

"A lot is always made of the teams who come up and how they will fare. I have been asked if staying up is just enough, and that has to be the bottom line.

"But I think it's dangerous to set your targets too low. From a business point of view - and purely on a business level - survival would be an achievement. But, of course, I can't preach that as that would be under-selling what we have the potential to do.

"The players have a belief and the staff have a belief in the players that they are capable.

"A top-10 finish would be huge, but we have to make sure our first goal is to establish ourselves in the Premier League."

Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton are injury doubts.

Striker Vardy, who scored 16 goals last season to help the Foxes clinch the Championship title, has a thigh strain while midfielder Albrighton, a summer arrival from Aston Villa, is nursing a groin problem.

Anthony Knockaert has had an ankle injury recently but the French winger is expected to be fit while Matt Upson's ankle injury will rule him out.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez begins his second season with a long-term plan not only to win trophies but also to lay foundations for a successful future.

One of the Spaniard's key words during the summer was "stability" and that has been achieved by tying down pivotal figures to lengthy deals.

Martinez himself agreed a new five-year contract in June - an example followed by defenders Seamus Coleman, after arguably his best season for the Toffees, and John Stones while England midfielder Ross Barkley signed for four more years.

Last season's significant loan stars Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry signed permanently for five and three years respectively and, back in January, England left-back Leighton Baines ended speculation about his future with a four-year deal.

That work behind the scenes has guaranteed Martinez a core group of quality players he can expect to rely on for the future.

It gives him a solid platform on which to build on an impressive maiden season at Goodison Park which saw them finish fifth, having been in the running for the Champions League until late in the campaign.

But he is also planning for the longer term with improvements to the club's academy to help more promising youngsters break through.

"You need to manage the club as if you are going to be here for the next 100 years and you need to make decisions in the younger age groups where you develop them even if you are not going to see them - although the club will eventually get the benefit," Martinez told Press Association Sport.

"Every manager should work in that manner. You are not looking at the short-term doing everything and anything to win a trophy and then move on.

"I have never got satisfaction from that, I get satisfaction from trying to build clubs and philosophies that last.

"Whatever happens with the manager, for good or bad reasons, you want to have the long-term continuity and vision that is shared by everyone."

91'+4

End Regular Time

91'+4

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Everton 2.

91'+3

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 94'

91'+2

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 93'

91'+2

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 93'

91'+1

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

91'+1

Leighton Baines (Everton) Assists Shot at 92'

91'+1

Andy King (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 92'

91'

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

91'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Assists Shot at 91'

90'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) Corner Kick at 90'

90'

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) Throw In at 90'

89'

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) Corner Kick at 89'

88'

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) Throw In at 88'

88'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 88'

88'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 88'

88'

Chris Wood (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 88'

87'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 87'

86'

2 - 2

Goal! Leicester City 2, Everton 2. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

86'

Attempt blocked. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

86'

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

86'

Jefferey Schlup (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 86'

86'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 85'

85'

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 85'

85'

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) Free Kick at 85'

85'

Substitution, Everton. Seamus Coleman replaces Aiden McGeady.

84'

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 84'

83'

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83'

Tim Howard (Everton) Free Kick at 83'

81'

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

81'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Free Kick at 81'

81'

Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Steven Pienaar.

80'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 80'

79'

Tim Howard (Everton) Free Kick at 79'

79'

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

78'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 78'

78'

Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

78'

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 76'

74'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Corner Kick at 74'

74'

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Steven Naismith.

73'

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 71'

71'

Liam Moore

70'

Hand ball by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

69'

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 69'

69'

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) Throw In at 69'

69'

Aiden McGeady (Everton) Blocked Pass at 69'

69'

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) Free Kick at 69'

68'

Gareth Barry

68'

Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68'

James McCarthy (Everton) Free Kick at 68'

67'

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66'

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) Throw In at 66'

65'

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a through ball.

65'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 65'

65'

Aiden McGeady (Everton) Throw In at 65'

64'

Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Anthony Knockaert.

62'

Anthony Konckaert (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 62'

61'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 61'

61'

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 61'

60'

John Stones (Everton) Free Kick at 60'

60'

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

59'

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 59'

59'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 58'

58'

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

58'

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 58'

58'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 58'

56'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 56'

56'

José Ulloa (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 56'

54'

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

54'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 54'

52'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 52'

52'

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 52'

51'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Free Kick at 51'

51'

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50'

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 50'

50'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Free Kick at 50'

49'

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Blocked Pass at 48'

47'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 47'

47'

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Shot Off Target at 47'

47'

Andy King (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 47'

47'

Anthony Konckaert (Leicester City) Free Kick at 47'

46'

Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'+3

First Half ends, Leicester City 1, Everton 2.

46'+2

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 48'

45'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Assists Shot at 45'

45'

1 - 2

Goal! Leicester City 1, Everton 2. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

45'

Attempt missed. Steven Pienaar (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

45'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Assists Shot at 45'

42'

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

41'

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 41'

41'

David Nugent (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 41'

40'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 40'

39'

Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Daniel Drinkwater because of an injury.

38'

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

38'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Assists Shot at 38'

37'

Steven Naismith (Everton) Blocked Pass at 37'

36'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 36'

36'

Hand ball by Andy King (Leicester City).

35'

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) Free Kick at 35'

35'

Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35'

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

34'

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

34'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Corner Kick at 34'

33'

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

33'

Aiden McGeady (Everton) Corner Kick at 33'

32'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 32'

32'

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 29'

29'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 29'

29'

David Nugent (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 29'

28'

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet.

28'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 28'

26'

Attempt blocked. Steven Pienaar (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26'

Steven Naismith (Everton) Corner Kick at 26'

26'

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

25'

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) Throw In at 25'

24'

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

24'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Assists Shot at 24'

24'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 24'

23'

Hand ball by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

22'

1 - 1

Goal! Leicester City 1, Everton 1. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

22'

David Nugent (Leicester City) Corner Kick at 22'

22'

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

20'

0 - 1

Goal! Leicester City 0, Everton 1. Aiden McGeady (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

20'

Attempt saved. Sylvain Distin (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20'

Attempt blocked. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Corner Kick at 20'

20'

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

19'

Andy King (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 19'

18'

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kasper Schmeichel.

18'

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 18'

17'

Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free Kick at 17'

17'

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

16'

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez following a corner.

16'

Anthony Konckaert (Leicester City) Corner Kick at 16'

16'

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tim Howard.

16'

Anthony Konckaert (Leicester City) Free Kick at 16'

15'

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

14'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 14'

13'

John Stones (Everton) Throw In at 13'

12'

Anthony Konckaert (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 12'

11'

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

11'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Assists Shot at 11'

10'

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

9'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 9'

9'

Leighton Baines (Everton) Throw In at 9'

8'

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) Free Kick at 8'

8'

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 7'

7'

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 7'

5'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 5'

5'

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5'

John Stones (Everton) Blocked Pass at 5'

4'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 4'

4'

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4'

James McCarthy (Everton) Blocked Pass at 4'

3'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 3'

3'

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

3'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 3'

3'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) Blocked Pass at 3'

3'

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) Free Kick at 3'

2'

Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).

2'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 2'

1'

Gareth Barry (Everton) Free Kick at 1'

1'

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

36%
64%
  • Leicester City
  • Everton

Shots

11
13

Shots on target

3
3

Fouls

16
10

Corners

3
6

Yellow Cards

1
1

Red Cards

0
0

Leicester

Leicester2 - 2Everton
Leicester1 - 0Doncaster
Huddersfield0 - 2Leicester
Bolton0 - 1Leicester
Leicester1 - 0QPR
Reading1 - 1Leicester

Everton

Leicester2 - 2Everton
Hull0 - 2Everton
Everton2 - 3Man City
Southampton2 - 0Everton
Everton2 - 0Man United
Everton2 - 3Crystal Pal

Head to Head

Leicester2 - 2Everton
Leicester1 - 1Everton
Everton3 - 2Leicester
Everton2 - 2Leicester
Leicester0 - 0Everton
Everton2 - 1Leicester

Leicester

  • 1Kasper Schmeichel
  • 5Wes Morgan
  • 18Liam Moore
  • 2Ritchie De Laet
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 24Anthony Konckaert
  • -> Jefferey Schlup
  • 26Riyad Mahrez
  • 10Andy King
  • 23José Ulloa
  • -> Chris Wood
  • 35David Nugent
  • 4Daniel Drinkwater
  • -> Dean Hammond
  • Subs
  • 20Tom Hopper
  • 27Marcin Wasilewski
  • 12Ben Hamer
  • 22Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Everton

  • 24Tim Howard
  • 6Phil Jagielka
  • 3Leighton Baines
  • 26John Stones
  • 15Sylvain Distin
  • 22Steven Pienaar
  • -> Kevin Mirallas
  • 7Aiden McGeady
  • -> Seamus Coleman
  • 16James McCarthy
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 14Steven Naismith
  • 10Romelu Lukaku
  • Subs
  • 21Leon Osman
  • 17Muhamed Besic
  • 19Christian Atsu
  • 30Antolín Alcaraz
  • 1Joel Robles

Foxes bite back to take point

Substitute Chris Wood earned Leicester a point on their return to the Premier League with an equaliser four minutes from time in a 2-2 draw against Everton.

Steven Naismith's goal on the stroke of half-time looked to have won it after Aiden McGeady and debutant Leonardo Ulloa had netted within two minutes of each other mid-way through the first half.

Leicester did all the pressing in the second half and were rewarded when Wood slotted a clinical finish beyond Howard to make it 2-2.

Roberto Martinez's Everton team featured no new faces, although Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry both made their first appearances since joining permanently.

John Stones stepped in at right-back for Seamus Coleman, who was only fit enough for the bench, while new signings Muhamed Besic and Christian Atsu were both unused substitutes.

Ross Barkley's injury certainly cast a cloud over the start of Everton's season, the England midfielder sustaining medial knee ligament damage in training.

Nothing could dampen Leicester's enthusiasm for their first Premier League season in 10 years, although they too were hit by injuries, with Marc Albrighton, Jamie Vardy and Matthew Upson all sidelined.

The hosts more than held their own in an even start and Tim Howard had two nervy moments, first flapping at an Anthony Knockaert cross and then hesitating over a long ball and almost allowing Ulloa in.

But it was Everton who opened the scoring in the 20th minute, exploiting a fortuitous deflection to the full.

Leighton Baines' long-distance shot did not look set to pose any problems until it was half blocked on the edge of the area and fell for Sylvain Distin 15 yards out.

The defender's shot was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but the goalkeeper could only watch as McGeady's delightful effort from the left curled over him and into the top corner.

But back came Leicester and within two minutes they were level.

The Foxes had already demonstrated their threat from set-pieces and, when Everton failed to clear a corner, record-signing Ulloa repaid some of his transfer fee with a well-struck shot from the middle of the box.

Two minutes later Everton thought they had gone back ahead when Baines set up Naismith, but the ball looked to have clearly gone behind before the defender played it.

Baines was a real thorn in Leicester's side and he wanted a penalty after going down in the area under pressure from Knockaert, but referee Mike Jones decided any contact had been accidental.

Everton began to gradually assert their dominance as the half went on and Schmeichel was relieved to see shots from McGeady and Naismith both miss the target.

But with the 45 minutes almost up, Naismith put the visitors back in front.

Baines and Steven Pienaar helped the ball in from the left and Naismith wrapped his left foot around it, sending a shot crashing in off the bar.

Leicester needed to respond at the start of the second half and they did, with Riyad Mahrez's header forcing Everton into a hasty clearance.

Ulloa should then have done better with a free header from Paul Konchesky's cross, but the clear-cut chance they were looking for came in the 65th minute.

Unfortunately for Leicester, it fell for Jeff Schlupp, who had just come on as a substitute.

Dean Hammond's through-ball was perfectly weighted, but Schlupp got his shot all wrong and it flew a long way over the bar.

Mahrez was the next to try his luck, winning a free-kick 25 yards out for a trip by James McCarthy and then seeing it deflected just wide.

Ulloa's debut ended when he was brought off to loud cheers in the 78th minute and replaced by Wood.

Gareth Barry, who had picked up a soft booking for a foul on Ulloa, was a little fortunate to stay on the pitch when he pulled back the lively Mahrez.

And it was Mahrez who set up the equaliser, jinking his way to the edge of the box before firing in a shot that hit Phil Jagielka and fell to Wood.

It was no more than Leicester deserved for their attacking intent and, although Everton tried to respond, it was too late.


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