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Leicester v Everton:
Prior League Games
 Leicester 21
 Everton 12
 Draws 13
 Leicester 1
 Everton 2
 Draws 3
 Last Season:
 Leicester 1-1 Everton

No changes on the field from last week, with Watson partnering Radzinski upfront.  Gascoigne and Moore among the subs.

A mixed start by Everton with some good moments from Watson and Radzinski, but some poor moments too when Everton failed to press Leicester.  Some nice work after 15 mins had Unsworth and Naysmith playing in Watson whose connection was poor.

A Stubbs free-kick to Everton when Wise fouled Watson was their best chance of a drab, defensive first half but Naysmith's rebound shot was well saved by Walker.  Stubbs was smacked badly on the head by an elbow in the process.

No changes at half-time, and the same story of limited creativity and few chances continued into the second half.  

After 55 mins, the best moment of the game as a Sinclair header was volleyed off the line by Naysmith who broke well and got the ball to Radzinski but he volleyed a good chance wide.  Gazza finally takes the field on the hour mark...

Leicester then rang their own changes for the last 15 mins, and began to press Everton harder.  Simonsen was again Everton's saviour with a brilliant save from Scowcroft.  

Once again, a disappointing failure by Everton to take the initiative, no doubt under the debilitatingly defensive mindset of Water Smith, who clearly believes that a draw is now a good result for Everton, home or away.  Joe-Max Moore was at least on the bench, but unused as he had to sit and watch a full-back attempt to play his attacking role yet again.  

It is boring and tedious to have to say it, but our motto is supposed to read: Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.  When is someone going to teach Walter Smith what that means in English?

M A T C H    F A C T S
 Sports Match Info
  FA Premiership 2001-02, Game 13
3:00pm  Saturday 24 November 2001
Filbert Street, Leicester
Referee: Uriah Rennie
Att: 21,539
Position: 12th
Line-ups Subs not used
Leicester: Walker, Marshall, Elliott, Sinclair, Davidson, Savage, Wise, Izzet, Impey (70' Rogers), Akinbiyi (76' Benjamin), Scowcroft.   Royce, Oakes, Jones. 
Everton: Simonsen; Pistone, Weir, Stubbs, Unsworth; Alexandersson, Gemmill, Gravesen (60' Gascoigne), Naysmith (87' Pembridge); Radzinski, Watson.   Gerrard, Moore, Xavier.
Unavailable:  Campbell, Ferguson (injured); Nyarko (loan) 
Playing Strips Formations
Leicester: Blue shirts; white shorts; blue socks 4-4-2
Everton: Silver shirts; black shorts; silver socks. 4-4-2
Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leicester: Wise (26'), Benjamin (85')  --
Everton: Weir (39')  --

Premiership Scores
Bolton  0-0 Fulham
Chelsea  0-0 Blackburn
Leicester  0-0 Everton
Newcastle  1-0 Derby
Sotton  1-0 Charlton
West Ham 0-1 Tottenham
Arsenal  3-1 Man Utd
Leeds  1-1 Aston Villa
Liverpool  1-0 Sunderland
Middlesbro 0-0 Ipswich

Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
1 Liverpool 26
2 Leeds 24
3 Arsenal 23
4 Aston Villa 23
5 Newcastle 23
6 Tottenham 23
7 Man Utd 21
8 Chelsea 20
9 Bolton 20
10 Blackburn 19
11 Fulham 18
12 Everton 17
13 Sunderland 16
14 Middlesbrough 16
15 West Ham 15
16 Charlton 14
17 Derby 10
18 Southampton 10
19 Leicester 10
20 Ipswich 9
After 25 November 2001
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Match Preview

Leicester City.  Last season's surprise package early on; fell away eventually... inevitably, perhaps.  And this season, languishing in that part of the Premiership Table where as the old saying goes "but for the grace of God..."

Have they made a deal on Brian Deane yet?  He'd be just the one to inspire a turnaround, with a new manager Dave Bassett already in place.  So, is this another banana skin awaiting the boys in Blue?  Sorry, yellow... or pink?

Walter Smith is faced with the same dilemma in attack as last week, now that Duncan Ferguson is out following a minor ankle operation, and Kevin Campbell is still sidelined with a bad back.  

Many said Steve Watson made a good fist of his emergency role up front, but let's not forget: Everton failed to score, and played some pretty uninspiring football in the process.  Is this what we must put up with again?  It really is like a nightmarish return to the depths last season or earlier dismal periods of Smith's reign.  Surely something must be changed?

One hope is that Gazza will actually play after last week's substitution fiasco.  Another somewhat fainter hope is that Walter Smith will give a chance to Idan Tal or Joe-Max Moore (why are they even here if he is not going to use them when his first-choice strike-pair are out?) or possibly Nick Chadwick, who is fit again.  But Smith seems paranoid that they are not big and strong enough to take on those big defensive hulks of the Premiership.  

Er... Hello!!!  Zola?  Owen?    

Everton (before Smith) had a tradition of playing with nippy little strikers: Alex Young, Alan Ball, Peter Beardsley, Tony Cottee....  But it's obviously not in Smith's nature to take such risks.  Better to field six or seven defenders again.  Especially as those nasty Foxes can play it a bit rough... 

After watching last week's fascinating display, I can't in all honesty hold out much hope of a decent result at Filbert Street.  I used to foolishly believe that any game was winnable by an Everton team taking the field.  Last week showed that the best we can realistically expect from Walter Smith's bizarre team line-ups home or away is a 'creditable' draw.  

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