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Goodison Park (ATT 38,904) 22nd February 2015 - Kick off 14:05

Everton Everton vs Leicester City Leicester

Everton 2

S Naismith (57)
M Upson (og 88)


Leicester 2

D Nugent (63)
E Cambiasso (70)

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Matthew Upson's late own goal denies Leicester victory at Everton

Last Updated: 23/02/15 10:29am

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Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City battles with James McCarthy of Everton

Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City battles with James McCarthy of Everton

A late own goal from Matthew Upson denied Leicester City a priceless victory at Everton as they were pegged back to draw 2-2.

Everton had led through Steven Naismith's 57th-minute opener but the introduction of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy soon after sparked a turnaround as Vardy crossed for Nugent to score and then repeated the feat a few minutes later for Esteban Cambiasso to finish.

It looked like Nigel Pearson's side were heading for victory until Romelu Lukaku's header deflected off Upson and into the net with just two minutes left.

The result leaves the Foxes rooted to the foot of the Premier League table while Everton remain in 12th.

Despite the late comeback, there were still some boos at the final whistle from the home fans, who have not seen their side win at Goodison Park in the league for more than two months.

The visitors were largely the better side in a drab first half while Everton lacked any pace or purpose going forward.

They wasted the couple of chances they did get as Lukaku fired over the bar and Ross Barkley curled a free-kick over.

Andrej Kramaric came close at the other end when he curled a shot over while John Stones put in a last-ditch block to deny Schlupp in first-half injury-time.

Leicester should have taken the lead shortly after the break but Schlupp dragged his shot wide after Howard parried Matty James' effort.

Instead it was Everton who went ahead after 57 minutes as Naismith cut inside from the left and finished at the near post.

Pearson replied by sending on Nugent and Vardy and the move soon paid dividends.

Vardy did well to get away down the right and when his cross was spilled by Howard, Nugent was on hand to finish from close range.

Lukaku missed a great opportunity to restore Everton’s lead minutes later as he failed to convert a one-on-one chance.

And the hosts paid the price as the Foxes soon made it 2-1. Again Howard was at fault as he failed to clear a cross and Vardy pulled the ball back for Cambiasso to finish.

The Everton fans groaned as Lukaku wasted yet another chance to score as the former Chelsea striker could only muster a weak shot after being played in by Naismith.

But the Belgian made a telling impact in the dying minutes when his diving header hit Upson and flew in to steal a fortuitous point for Martinez's side.

Player ratings

Everton: Howard (4), Baines (5), Stones (6), Jagielka (5), Coleman (6), Besic (6), Barkley (5), McCarthy (5), Lennon (6), Naismith (7), Lukaku (5).

Subs: Atsu (6), Gibson (6), Mirallas (5).

Leicester: Schwarzer (5), Konchesky (5), Upson (5), Huth (6), Morgan (5), Simpson (6), Cambiasso (7), James (6), Mahrez (5), Schlupp (5), Kramaric (6).

Subs: King (5), Nugent (7), Vardy (7).

Man of the match: Jamie Vardy.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 38 87
2 Manchester City 38 79
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Manchester United 38 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 64
6 Liverpool 38 62
7 Southampton 38 60
8 Swansea City 38 56
9 Stoke City 38 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 48
11 Everton 38 47
12 West Ham United 38 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 44
14 Leicester City 38 41
15 Newcastle United 38 39
16 Sunderland 38 38
17 Aston Villa 38 38
18 Hull City 38 35
19 Burnley 38 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 30


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