Everton are determined not to go down without a huge fight as they added more points to their tally this afternoon with a 2-1 victory that has put them in with a great chance of surviving relegation.
The Toffees can finally breathe a slight sigh of relief as they move out of the relegation zone into 16th in the table, thanks to both Burnley and Leeds United taking defeats this weekend and Frank Lampard will surely be delighted with the resilience of his team at the King Power Stadium today.
Despite only having 34% possession, fewer chances on goal and having less than half the accurate passes than Brendan Rodgers’ side this afternoon, Everton took their chances whenever they could and reaped the rewards by doing so.
Vitaliy Mykolenko picked up his first ever goal for Everton and the first strike of the game when Alex Iwobi set him up in the sixth minute before he was taken off injured in the 66th minute.
Leicester’s Patson Daka equalised just five minutes after Mykolenko’s opener, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a desperate Everton side with Mason Holgate finding the back of the net in the 30th minute.
The Toffees went on to hold the lead throughout the rest of the game and there is credit due to one particular midfielder who controlled the entire game for his team.
Since Fabian Delph has returned from injury, Everton have taken points from every single game he has played in their last five, and the one game he was benched for in the Merseyside Derby was the game they lost, a coincidence? We think not and his performance today is a glowing reflection of his impact.
The 32-year-old who was hailed a “top pro” by Richard Keys had a 95% pass accuracy, lost possession just three times out of his 50 touches of the ball, won the majority of his duels (4/6) as well as making one tackle and interception to steer Everton back into safety in the Premier League table.
There is no doubt that the Blues boss must recognise Delph’s positive impact on his team’s performances and results since he re-joined the midfield just over a month ago, keeping the former Manchester City star in the team could be the difference in Everton playing Premier League football or not next season.