Leicester City vs. Everton: Winners and Losers from the King Power Stadium

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2014

Leicester City vs. Everton: Winners and Losers from the King Power Stadium

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    Everton and Leicester City played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium, as Chris Wood's late strike earned an opening-day point for the Foxes.

    The visitors started the brighter, grabbing an early lead through Aiden McGeady. Leonardo Ulloa struck an instant riposte only for Roberto Martinez's side to take a half-time lead via Steven Naismith.

    Leicester looked the more likely scorers after the break and eventually equalised with 86 minutes on the clock.

    Here's a look at the winners and losers from both sides' first game of the season.

Loser: Romelu Lukaku

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    Everton's record signing Romelu Lukaku didn't manage a minute of pre-season footballand it showed.

    The powerful Belgian struggled to make an impression, persistently let down by a rusty first touch and a lack of match awareness.

    He endured a largely frustrating 90 minutes, unable to benefit from his side's neat first-half intricacy.

    Lukaku fired off his only shot of the game in the second minute of injury time and must be far more tuned-in to threaten Arsenal next week.

Winner: Leicester's Strikeforce

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    While Everton's main man struggled to make an impact, Nigel Pearson will be pleased with his own strikers' contributions.

    Ulloa, an extravagant £8 million summer purchaseper BBC Sportopened his account with an opportunistic first-half finish.

    He was then replaced by Wood with 12 minutes to go, a player who's regularly been linked with a summer move away from the King Power Stadium.

    His late strike may yet convince Pearson of his worth to the team.

Loser: Everton's Second-Half No Show

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    Having put together several attractive moves in a first half they largely dominated, Everton's second-half showing was a complete contrast.

    Yes, they kept possession well, limiting Leicester from any prolonged periods of attack, yet they failed to show enough intent to ever threaten the Foxes' goal.

    The statistics only enhance this feeling. After a fluent opening 45 minutes, the Toffees recorded 11 shots to the home side's four. From minutes 46-88, however, Everton somehow failed to register a single shot.

    If the Toffees' had continued on from their first-half performance they would have almost certainly taken all three points.


Winner: Aiden McGeady

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    Aiden McGeady put in a typical performance: electric in patches yet agonisingly inconsistent with his final ball.

    Along with Naismith, Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines, the Irishman was involved in most of Everton's better first-half spells, and he opened the scoring with a high-class strike.

    Following Christian Atsu's arrival, Martinez once again has a pool of seven attacking midfielders to play with.

    Each will undoubtedly be rotated and must make the most of their chances when selected. While he wasn't consistent, McGeady's strike provided a timely reminder of his potential end product.

Loser: Defending at Set Pieces

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    Both managers will want to improve their side's resilience at set pieces. 

    Both opening goals followed a dead ball situation and neither manager will feel comfortable with the manner of defending.

    Leicester completely lost their shape as a returned clearance left Sylvain Distin and McGeady unmarked following a corner.

    Ulloa's instant reply was also from a corner, as Distin's clearance into a body of players presented a simple opening for the Argentine.

    Everton remained particularly suspect at any dead-ball delivery—something Martinez will want to remedy quickly.


    Statistics via WhoScored.com.