Richarlison has now scored eight goals this season, with seven in the Premier League

Everton manager Frank Lampard says he hopes Dele Alli’s role in the late draw with Leicester can be “a big starting point for him” after his January move from Tottenham.

The midfielder has yet to start a game under Lampard, but came off the bench after 58 minutes to help turn the game Everton’s way and the 26-year-old played a part in Richarlison’s stoppage-time equaliser.

The draw lifted Everton four points clear of 18th-placed Burnley, who host Southampton on Thursday.

Everton had suffered a nightmare start to the game when Harvey Barnes turned in James Maddison’s cross early on.

But after substitutes Alli and Salomon Rondon helped the hosts get a foothold in the game, the pair had a hand in Richarlison’s eighth goal of the season, which earned a crucial point for Everton before matches against Liverpool and Chelsea.

Lampard said Alli had deserved his chance in the side after being “absolutely spot on” in training over the last two weeks.

“It’s not easy to demand from players that are not playing so much to come in and show your manager you deserve a chance but he’s done that,” Lampard added.

“I was really pleased with [the part he played in the goal] and hopefully that can be a big starting point for him.

“I don’t think the story was ever going to be simple with Dele. We all know the situation when it comes to how the last two or three seasons have looked and that high, high level of player that he reached for a big period of time at Tottenham.

“So I don’t think it was a case of things being simple and sometimes you have to work and fight through things and we’re in that process with him.”

The draw denied Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers a first win at Goodison Park, and it wasted a good start for the visitors, who also squandered several good chances towards the end via Maddison.

The Foxes have already reached a Europa Conference League semi-final this season, but they now sit 11 points behind seventh-placed West Ham, who have played two more games.

A draw that felt like a win

Everton could not turn successive home victories into a third, but after a poor first half, this will feel as good as a win.

Without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who suffered a training-ground injury that could keep him out for two weeks, their front three of Richarlison, Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon struggled to link together.

Gordon’s passing and set-piece delivery was particularly woeful, but once Rondon came on to provide a focal point to the attack, and Alli offered some assistance to the impressive Alex Iwobi, the game began to take a different path.

The early goal and dominance by Leicester led to a subdued atmosphere in the first half where despite Richarlison’s miscued shot, the home fans were not lifted off their seats until just before the break when Gray fired inches wide from a clever corner.

Leicester had already gone close when Seamus Coleman tackled Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall before the Foxes took the lead.

With Rodgers making seven changes to the side that lost at Newcastle on Sunday, the visitors were able to cut through the Everton defence easily. Dewsbury-Hall and Maddison both caused problems for the Everton defence, who had Yerry Mina back for the first time since February following a hamstring injury.

By contrast, Fabian Delph and Allan were ponderous in midfield with only Iwobi providing the thrust that Everton and their fans craved. But that soon changed in the second half as Alli came on to replace Allan.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Gordon’s passing was still off, and Richarlison, who had scored only three goals since the turn of the year, wasted another chance after good work by Rondon and a free header from a corner.

As Everton pressed for an equaliser, gaps opened up for Leicester to exploit and Maddison went close three times.

That ultimately proved costly as Richarlison and his team’s persistence earned a crucial point to keep Lampard’s side on the right side of the drop zone, regardless of Thursday’s results.

Player of the match

BarnesHarvey Barnes


  1. Squad number36Player nameAlli

  2. Squad number33Player nameRondón

  3. Squad number24Player nameGordon

  4. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  5. Squad number19Player nameMykolenko

  6. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  7. Squad number11Player nameGray

  8. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  9. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  10. Squad number13Player nameMina

  11. Squad number8Player nameDelph

  12. Squad number6Player nameAllan

  13. Squad number1Player namePickford

Leicester City

  1. Squad number7Player nameBarnes

  2. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall

  3. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  4. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  5. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  6. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  7. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  8. Squad number24Player nameMendy

  9. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  10. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

  11. Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira

  12. Squad number37Player nameLookman

  13. Squad number29Player nameDaka

  14. Squad number18Player nameAmartey



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 13MinaBooked at 80mins
  • 22Godfrey
  • 19Mykolenko
  • 6AllanSubstituted forAlliat 58′minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 8Delph
  • 17Iwobi
  • 24Gordon
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 75mins
  • 11GraySubstituted forRondónat 66′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 2Kenny
  • 4Holgate
  • 5Keane
  • 15Begovic
  • 16Doucouré
  • 21André Gomes
  • 30van de Beek
  • 33Rondón
  • 36Alli


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 90mins
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 3Fofana
  • 6Evans
  • 27Castagne
  • 24MendySubstituted forAmarteyat 84′minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 10Maddison
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 7BarnesSubstituted forLookmanat 67′minutes
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forDakaat 77′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 2Justin
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Amartey
  • 20Choudhury
  • 29Daka
  • 37Lookman

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