Jamie Vardy produced a rare moment of quality in a scrappy Premier League encounter to earn Leicester City victory over Everton on New Year’s Day.
The former England striker drilled home the only goal of the game on 58 minutes after Ricardo Pereira capitalised on a mistake from Michael Keane to play his Foxes teammate through on goal.
In a contest that was low on entertainment, Everton went close during the first-half when Jonjoe Kenny fired against the frame of the goal.
The Toffees did not register their first effort on target until substitute Cenk Tosun brought a save out of Kasper Schmeichel in the 75th minute.
Leicester moved up a place in the table to seventh, three places and four points above Everton, who have won only one of their last eight games and heard boos from supporters at the final whistle.
The changes Everton boss Marco Silva made to his starting line-up from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton saw three adjustments in personnel and the defence revert to a back four.
Kenny was among those coming in, replacing Seamus Coleman at right-back to make his first appearance since the 2-1 win at Leicester in early October.
The Foxes’ XI showed four changes from their 1-0 loss to Cardiff, with James Maddison one of the players dropped to the bench by Claude Puel.
The contest began in very scrappy fashion, with both sides struggling to produce any quality while plenty of passes were being misplaced. A shot by Vardy, skewed into the stand, was the only real moment of note.
Everton subsequently began to find some rhythm and in the 19th minute Kenny received the ball from Lucas Digne and cracked it against the corner of the goalframe.