sport news Everton 0-1 Leicester: Jamie Vardy strikes to hand Foxes victory

Everton 0-1 Leicester: Jamie Vardy strikes after Michael Keane's sloppy error to seal valuable smash-and-grab victory on the road for the Foxes

By Dominic King for the Daily Mail

Published: 15:07 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 15:10 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Jamie Vardy was in no hurry to leave the pitch. He shuffled slowly to the sidelines, shaking hands with his team-mates before turning to applaud Leicester’s exultant fans.

2019 had started in the best possible manner for Vardy and who could blame for wanting to savour the moment? All around Goodison Park, however, Evertonians were in a hurry, darting for the exits after another wretched day.

Vardy’s seventh goal of the season had proved decisive and completed what has been a hugely successful Christmas period for Claude Puel, who has masterminded wins over Chelsea and Manchester City to go with this flattening of Everton.

Jamie Vardy produced a clinical finish in the second half to earn a smash-and-grab victory for Leicester at Goodison Park

Jamie Vardy produced a clinical finish in the second half to earn a smash-and-grab victory for Leicester at Goodison Park

The Leicester forward celebrated his goal with an acrobatic kart wheel and flip in front of the travelling supporters

The Leicester forward celebrated his goal with an acrobatic kart wheel and flip in front of the travelling supporters

Harry Maguire somehow blazed over the bar from close but it wouldn't have counted as the offside flag had been raised

Harry Maguire somehow blazed over the bar from close but it wouldn't have counted as the offside flag had been raised

Everton came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with Jonjoe Kenny rattling the bar with a powerful effort

Everton came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with Jonjoe Kenny rattling the bar with a powerful effort

For Marco Silva, though, the picture could not have been more miserable. Everton were abject, lifeless and toothless, and they look a far cry from the team that was threatening to bustle up the top six at the end of November.

Everton have only won one of their last eight matches and they got precisely what they deserved – nothing.

The first half was as bad a game of football as you could imagine; so quiet was the crowd you could actually hear the sound of boot on ball from the pitch and every increasingly exasperated shout from the touchline.

It made you wonder what the logic was for scheduling the game at this time. There have been

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