Jordan Pickford was once again the Everton hero as the Toffees triumphed over Leicester
3.9k Share this


Frank Lampard hails Jordan Pickford as ‘one of the top goalkeepers in the WORLD’ after the England No 1’s spectacular saves earn Everton a vital win over Leicester to move them out of the relegation zone

Frank Lampard hailed Jordan Pickford as one of the world’s best after the England goalkeeper’s spectacular saves earned Everton another vital win in their battle for Premier League survival.

Everton won away from home for the first time since August to seal back-to-back wins and climb out of the relegation zone — and they will fancy their chances of making it three victories in a row at relegated Watford on Wednesday.

Ukrainian star Vitalii Mykolenko gave Everton an early lead and though Patson Daka equalised for Leicester, Mason Holgate — who declared himself fit only hours before the game after illness — restored the visitors’ advantage on the half-hour and Pickford’s efforts ensured they held on to it.

Jordan Pickford was once again the Everton hero as the Toffees triumphed over Leicester

Jordan Pickford was once again the Everton hero as the Toffees triumphed over Leicester

Frank Lampard hailed England No 1 Pickford as 'one of the top goalkeepers in the world'

Frank Lampard hailed England No 1 Pickford as ‘one of the top goalkeepers in the world’

‘Jordan gives the team huge confidence,’ said Lampard, who was also indebted to Pickford’s brilliance in the win over Chelsea eight days ago.

‘You need goalkeepers to make big saves for you and I’m pleased he is getting the recognition he deserves.

‘He is not just England’s No 1 but one of the top goalkeepers in the world. For some reason you don’t always get the recognition you deserve as England’s No 1.

‘A week ago we were five points away from safety and now we are a point above the relegation zone. But we are still in a relegation fight. We need to protect against over-confidence.

Pickford produced many spectacular saves as Everton won away for the first time since August

Pickford produced many spectacular saves as Everton won away for the first time since August

Mason Holgate scored what proved to be the winning goal for Everton on the half-hour mark

Mason Holgate scored what proved to be the winning goal for Everton on the half-hour mark

‘Our away form has been a problem and there has never been a more important time to put it right.

‘We were banging the drum to ensure the players knew we needed to change our form without the Goodison Park crowd behind us — though fortunately we had a version of it here.’

The 3,301 travelling Everton fans were in joyous mood but Leicester were booed off at half time and full time. They are now without a win in five in the league and after losing in the Europa Conference League semi-finals to Roma, their campaign is drifting to a disappointing end.

Leicester are without a win in five in the league as their season drifts to a disappointing end

Leicester are without a win in five in the league as their season drifts to a disappointing end

It was no surprise that the winner came from a corner — it was the 15th time that Leicester have conceded in this fashion in the league this season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he had an ‘honest conversation’ with his players. ‘I normally don’t say so much to the players after games but today was hugely disappointing and we need honest feedback to go forward,’ he said. ‘The players were honest in the conversation and that is the best way.

‘The biggest disappointment was to concede the goal from the corner. It was just about determination to defend the ball. It’s on me and I need to keep looking at that until the summer, when we can do something about it.’

Advertisement

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Chelsea and Aston Villa are looking to poach Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos from Sevilla

Chelsea and Aston Villa are looking to poach defenders Jules Kounde and…

IAN LADYMAN: Erik ten Hag is at Manchester United to take a wrecking ball to all built in error

Under a grey Mancunian sky, Erik ten Hag became the sixth man…

Man United: Sir Alex Ferguson’s brutal put-down to assistant coach Chris Armas

‘You’ll need more than that here, son!’: Sir Alex Ferguson’s brutal put-down…

Tottenham ‘join Arsenal in £42m race for Gabriel Jesus’ as Man City star talks ‘uncertain’ future

‘Tottenham join Arsenal in the £42m race for Gabriel Jesus’, as wantaway…

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he’s still in ‘a lot of pain’ over defeat at Newcastle

Mikel Arteta admits he’s still in ‘a lot of pain’ over Arsenal’s…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s heart-warming gesture which shows he STILL cares for Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s heart-warming gesture which shows he STILL cares for Arsenal as…

Reece James insists ‘nothing is going to change’ at Chelsea with incoming owner Todd Boehly

Reece James insists ‘the ambition at Chelsea is going to be the…

Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano insists Erling Haaland has NOT joined for money

Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano insists Erling Haaland has NOT joined the…