Date: 1st February 2018 at 2:35am
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Following today’s clash between Everton and Leicester City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Everton hosted Leicester City at Goodison Park for a 7.45pm kick off on Wednesday January 31, with the hosts taking a two one victory on the day.

Having arrived from Arsenal this January transfer window Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the 25th minute and then completed his brace six minutes from the half time break. A second half Jamie Vardy penalty did make it a one goal game but Leicester couldn’t get the second to draw level.

For the visitors ongoing Riyad Mahrez speculation that saw him dropped from the squad was the main taking point.

Everton however would’ve been delighted with the three points and Seamus Coleman’s return to first team action.

Teams:

Everton:

Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Martina, Gueye, Davies, Walcott, Rooney (Schneiderlin 81), Sigurdsson (Calvert-Lewin 82), Niasse (Williams 88).

Substitutes:

Bolasie, Tosun, Robles, Kenny.

Leicester:

Schmeichel, Amartey (Fuchs 74), Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki (Diabate 58), Gray (Iheanacho 75), Vardy.

Substitutes:

Hamer, Adrien Silva, Iborra, Benalouane.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Chris Kavanagh blew the final whistle, Everton manager Sam Allardyce (celebrating his 1,000th game in charge) explained.

‘A new partnership is born – Theo Walcott and Seamus Coleman down the right. That combination was really good. Theo was very unfortunate not to get a hat-trick and Oumar Niasse could have had a hat-trick. The nerves started jangling when we conceded the penalty and we had good fortune they hit the post – it would have been a crushing blow if they had equalised. This is a really big win after the run we have had.’

As for Walcott specifically.

‘He has got something to prove and this is a big transfer at this time of his career. He has started to pay us back immediately.’

Obviously the return of Coleman featured.

‘It was like having a new player. He is the example of a perfect professional and someone for every youngster at Everton to look up to. He has been out for months and plays like that. Imagine what he will be like when he is match fit – it’s scary.’

Leicester City manager Claude Puel in his comparative interview explained.

‘We were better in the second half – we had more quality; we were not lucky; we hit the post three times. It is a good lesson for us and we need to correct it for the next game.’

On Mahrez.

‘It was not a distraction. We don’t look for excuses.’

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