Demarai Gray

Gray’s Everton Focus

Demarai Gray says Leicester City will benefit from a busy fixture schedule as they aim to bounce back from the frustration of Saturday’s draw with Norwich City when they travel to Goodison Park for a Carabao Cup Quarter-Final tie with Everton.
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- Leicester City will now concentrate on Wednesday’s Carabao Cup Quarter-Final tie with Everton at Goodison Park
- The Foxes were held to a 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Saturday
- Gray says City’s aim will be to progress to the semi-finals after being knocked out at the last-eight stage in the previous two seasons

Brendan Rodgers’ outfit drew 1-1 with the Canaries at King Power Stadium after a strike from Teemu Pukki and Tim Krul’s own goal saw the sides share the points.

Gray, who came on just before the break in place of Kelechi Iheanacho after a change in formation, was disappointed with their result against Norwich, but knows Wednesday’s trip to Merseyside will be an important fixture for his side.

“We weren’t at our best,” Gray told LCFC TV. “We’re a lot better than that. We went one [goal] down and we got the goal back before half-time, but we’ve pushed in the second half.

“To be fair to them, they’ve come with a game plan and it was compact and hard to break through. It’s disappointing all-round for us, but we’ve got the [Carabao Cup] Quarter-Finals on Wednesday, so that’s the focus now.

“That’s the good thing about this period. Games come thick and fast, so we can make amends on Wednesday and hopefully progress to the semi-finals.  

“That would be good for the Club, because we’ve been one short of the semis [in recent seasons] and obviously, we can then progress to the final – that’s the plan.

“Now, we’ve just got to regroup. We’ve got a few days to do some more work and we’ll be ready for the game.”

Gray believes the Foxes have several tactical options that they can revert to, but they found it difficult to break the Canaries down on Filbert Way.

“No matter the circumstances, we’ve got to try and do what we do best,” Gray continued. “Whether we score in the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes, it doesn’t matter. Our focus and our tactical plan remain the same.

“We’ll make changes throughout the game, and change the formation, and we know what we’re doing. It’s one of those days. We didn’t get that bit of luck and the ball just didn’t drop for us.

“Teams are fully aware of us and they’re going to come with their own structures to try and stop us breaking through.

“We’ve got options when it comes to formations and different styles of play, so as I said, on another day, we might have got the goal, but it’s just one of those days.”

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