Vardy goal helps Leicester City start year with a win

Ricardo Pereira Leicester City

Ricardo Pereira Leicester City

In a contest low on quality and entertainment throughout, the Toffees registered only two efforts on target, with the first not coming until the 75th minute.

Jamie Vardy plundered the only goal of a scrappy game when Ricardo Pereira seized on Michael Keane's poor control and put the striker in on goal to slide the ball past his England team-mate, Jordan Pickford. "It wasn't a good game to watch".

'I felt our team was too nervous and anxious, without reason. We are playing a lot of games in a row with no times to rest but that is not an excuse when you miss some simple things. After that, if you were anxious or nervous, you will be more.

Gylfi Sigurdsson came close to equalising shortly after Leicester's goal but his volley off Theo Walcott's headed pass flew narrowly over before both the Icelandic global and Lucas Digne struck the wall with free kick chances.

"I will defend my team, my squad and the club and I am just a person who serves the club, that's all, and I would like to continue this way", Puel said.

"The organisation of the team was flawless and I am happy for the players because we lost our last game at home to Cardiff and it was not a fair result", the Frenchman said.

The defeat, Everton's eighth of the season, extends the Blues' terrible run of results to just one win in their last eight matches and sees them fall further away from the European qualification places. It is not easy to see the players fresh with high mobility every time. When you play in this way with easy mistakes, the bad things come to you and that is what happened with the goal we conceded.

Supporters took to Twitter to slam the 25-year-old for his performance, with a number of them frustrated with the display he produced. "We needed to find the right situation to move".

'To be here, play at this level, work at this club, you have to show the capacity to handle this type of normal pressure'.

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