EPL: Everton Denied As Pickford Howler Rescues Leicester

Jordan Pickford was punished for the latest in a long list of embarrassing errors as the blundering Everton goalkeeper allowed Youri Tielemans to rescue a 1-1 draw for Leicester on Wednesday.

Pickford has been under scrutiny for the last year after some increasingly erratic displays.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has largely kept faith with Pickford, but that patience will be sorely tested by yet another mistake.

Clinging to the first half lead given to them by James Rodriguez, Everton were denied three points when Pickford let Tielemans’ shot squirm into the net after the break at Goodison Park.

It was no more than Leicester deserved for an enterprising display that merited all three points. 

Leicester are now unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions since losing at home to Everton in December.

They sit third in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Manchester City, and look capable of pushing for a top four finish even with leading scorer Jamie Vardy currently sidelined through injury.

Leicester’s pressure was finally rewarded as Pickford gifted them the 67th minute leveller.

Pickford was guilty of flapping at Barnes’ cross and when the ball was recycled to Tielemans on the edge of the area, the Belgian’s shot through a crowd of players should have been held by the England keeper and although he got both hands behind the ball, it squirmed through his grasp and into the net.

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