Read a full match report of the Barclays Premier League game between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium on Saturday 16 August, 2014.
- Substitute Chris Wood’s late equaliser salvages a well-deserved point for Leicester.
- Debutant Leonardo Ulloa scores in the first half as the Foxes twice come from behind.
- Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith score for the visitors in the first half.
- Midfielder Danny Drinkwater substituted in first half with suspected injury.
Leicester City twice came from behind to earn a hard-fought point against Everton in their first Barclays Premier League outing for over a decade at an electric King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Aiden McGeady opened the scoring with a long-range effort midway through the first half but debutant City striker Leonardo Ulloa tied the game up at 1-1 shortly after.
Scotland striker Steven Naismith put the Toffees back in front right on half time but late pressure from the Foxes saw them earn a valuable point through substitute Chris Wood, when he drilled an effort past Tim Howard with four minutes remaining.
Anthony Knockaert, who shrugged off his ankle injury to pass a late fitness test, swung a cross-come-shot into the box but USA international Howard collected calmly on six minutes.
A superb cross-field pass from Leighton Baines then picked out McGeady on the right wing, who cut inside only for Paul Konchesky to block the midfielder’s strike.
The physical presence of Everton’s record signing Romelu Lukaku was evident from the start but early chances to get forward were quashed by the superb centre-half pairing of Wes Morgan and Academy graduate Liam Moore.
And Morgan, who bagged three goals in pre-season, was the first to really threaten the Everton goal, firing wide from the edge of the area on 17 minutes after the ball kindly fell to the skipper.
Frontman Ulloa could have opened the scoring after pinching the ball from Howard’s grasp but the it just didn’t fall for the Argentinian.
The Toffees then opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a stunning strike from McGeady into the top of Kasper Schmeichel’s net – the Dane desperately unlucky after parrying Sylvain Distin’s initial effort.
But City immediately bounced back and Ulloa was on hand to turn in Andy King’s corner just two minutes later. Roberto Martinez’s side thought they’d put themselves back in front after the restart but Naismith’s tap-in was disallowed and the score remained 1-1.
Knockaert looked in fine form and didn’t shy away from an effort at goal, striking from 35 yards just over Howard’s upright midway through the first half.
McGeady looked effective for the visitors down the right, this time striking high and wide from 20 yards with his left foot in the 38th minute.
And Naismith, playing in the hole just behind Lukaku, fired the Blues back in the lead right on half time, thumping the underside of the bar and in past the helpless Schmeichel from Steven Pienaar’s cross.
A bright second-half start from City saw Ulloa threaten again, heading Riyad Mahrez’s pacey cross just yards wide on 54 minutes.
The introduction of Jeff Schlupp livened the game up – the Ghanaian had a golden chance to level things up after just coming on, but fired over while one-on-one with Howard just past the hour mark.
Mahrez then struck a curling free kick narrowly wide after bursting through the Everton midfield and drawing a foul courtesy of James McCarthy in the 73rd minute – City pressing for an equaliser with time running out.
And Wood did just that, slotting in four minutes from time, mopping up after Phil Jagielka blocked King’s shot, to tie the game up at the death.
A late spell of possession saw Lukaku turn a header just over the bar in injury time but City held on to claim a draw in front of a sell-out crowd.
Nigel Pearson’s men travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea next weekend and with their first Barclays Premier League point on the table, his side will be bursting with confidence.
CITY: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez, Drinkwater (Hammond 39), King, Knockaert (Schlupp 64), Ulloa (Wood 78), Nugent
SUBS NOT USED: Hamer, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Wasilewski
GOALS: Ulloa 22, Wood 86
EVERTON: Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McGeady (Coleman 84), Barry, McCarthy, Pienaar (Mirallas 81), Naismith, Lukaku
SUBS NOT USED: Robles, Besic, Atsu, Osman, Alzaraz
GOALS: McGeady 20, Naismith 45