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Saturday 16 August 2014 | King Power Stadium | Referee: Mike Jones | Attendance 31,603

Leicester
  • Leonardo Ulloa (22)
  • Chris Wood (86)
Leicester
2 - 2
Everton
  • Aiden McGeady (20)
  • Steven Naismith (45)
Everton

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Chris Wood came off the bench to equalise with four minutes left as Leicester City drew 2-2 with Everton on their Barclays Premier League return.

Playing their first top-flight match since 2004, Leicester left it late to deny Roberto Martinez's side, with Wood curling in from just inside the penalty area to delight the King Power Stadium crowd.

Everton, who on Friday suffered the loss of Ross Barkley – who will miss six to eight weeks with a knee problem suffered on the eve of the campaign – started brightly and took the lead thanks to Aiden McGeady's stunning 20th-minute finish.

Record signing Leonardo Ulloa, who joined from Brighton and Hove Albion last month, provided a swift response within two minutes for Leicester, though.

With half-time looming, Everton took the lead again thanks to Steven Naismith's well-taken effort from inside the penalty area, but Wood's late strike ensured both sides would share the spoils.

Wood, who replaced Ulloa with 12 minutes to play, showed great composure to calmly slot past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and give Leicester a lift ahead of a tricky trip to Chelsea next week.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson kept faith with the majority of players who won the club promotion from the Championship last term, with Ulloa the only new face to start for the hosts.

Everton began brightly, controlling possession in the early stages, and Gareth Barry was influential.

Leicester responded with a spell of pressure but their opponents broke the deadlock thanks to McGeady's outstanding goal, which came after Pearson's men failed to deal with a corner from the left and follow-ups from Leighton Baines and Sylvain Distin.

From there, the ball fell to McGeady, who took a touch and, despite goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel closing him down, curled the ball over three defenders, including Ritchie De Laet on the line, and into the top corner via the right-hand post.

Leicester were not behind for long, though, as Ulloa marked his first start for the club by firing in from seven yards after Everton were unable to clear their lines from a corner.

McGeady and Naismith passed up presentable chances to restore Everton's lead but the latter made amends in the final minute of the half, lashing a deflected cross from Baines into the back of the net to delight the travelling fans.

Neither side could match their first-half displays after the break, but substitute Jeffrey Schlupp did go close to equalising for Leicester.

A neat ball from Riyad Mahrez released the Ghana international behind the Everton defence but he could only blast over.

Schlupp's miss was soon forgotten, however, as Wood pounced to the delight of the Leicester faithful.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "It's nice to get something out of the game. It would have been easy to think things weren't going our way but I'm very pleased with how we responded, both to the first goal within 90 seconds and in the second half we looked pretty dangerous."

"I'm disappointed that we've been unable to win the game but when you put the game into context, we went behind twice and from my perspective there was an element of fortune about both of those but I'm not doubting the quality of the finishes."

"We defended set-plays pretty well in most part. We'll need to improve in certain areas but I think the biggest message is that the players have learnt that, even during a game with setbacks, we are capable of adapting during a game and getting something out of a game against an exceptionally good side."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "We should have won the game and we only have ourselves to blame. We did everything we had to do in the first half – I thought we controlled the environment and everything that comes when playing against a newly promoted side. We coped with things really well and did the hardest thing in taking the lead twice.

"We scored a very well-taken goal through Aiden McGeady – he looked bright throughout the game – and the second is a very, very good goal with the way we combined as a team.

"Leicester's goals, the first was very unfortunate after a deflection from a corner, and the second one, maybe we got too relaxed.

"If I have a criticism from our point of view, it's that maybe we should have gone for that third goal with a little bit more brightness rather than just controlling the game.

"The tempo of the game dropped and, with four minutes to go, we didn't show the concentration levels you need to keep a clean sheet. When you play a team like Leicester, you know they are going to come with a positive approach."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Kasper Schmeichel 5.0 6.54
2. Ritchie de Laet 3.9 5.17
3. Paul Konchesky 5.22 5.36
18. Liam Moore 5.11 5.42
5. Wes Morgan 5.89 6.0
24. Anthony Knockaert 4.67 5.2
10. Andy King 5.3 6.0
4. Daniel Drinkwater 3.89 5.94
26. Riyad Mahrez 5.0 5.98
23. Leonardo Ulloa 6.17 6.42
35. David Nugent 5.56 5.84
Substitutes All Fans BFR
12. Ben Hamer 0.0 7.38
7. Dean Hammond 7.0 5.71
15. Jeffrey Schlupp 5.2 5.94
22. Gary Taylor-Fletcher 0.0 4.18
39. Chris Wood 6.67 7.25
27. Marcin Wasilewski 0.0 7.38
20. Tom Hopper 0.0 3.33
Line-up All Fans BFR
24. Tim Howard 5.89 4.4
26. John Stones 3.89 3.29
15. Sylvain Distin 3.95 3.61
6. Phil Jagielka 3.63 3.54
3. Leighton Baines 5.59 4.65
16. James McCarthy 5.24 4.76
18. Gareth Barry 4.63 4.58
22. Steven Pienaar 4.56 4.09
7. Aiden McGeady 5.4 4.97
14. Steven Naismith 5.89 5.73
10. Romelu Lukaku 5.05 4.96
Substitutes All Fans BFR
23. Seamus Coleman 5.0 4.49
1. Joel Robles 0.0 2.05
17. Muhamed Besic 0.0 1.97
19. Christian Atsu 0.0 3.9
21. Leon Osman 3.33 3.81
11. Kevin Mirallas 4.33 5.67
30. Antolin Alcaraz 0.0 1.65

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