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Pickford hails Everton goalscorers Mykolenko, Holgate after courageous victory at Leicester

Everton climbed out of the Premier League relegation places by holding on for a hard-fought victory over Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

A stunning volley by Vitaliy Mykolenko and Mason Holgate's header gave Frank Lampard's side their third win in five games and ensured they remain in control of their destiny with four Premier League games to play.

Mykolenko finished superbly from Alex Iwobi's cross after six minutes but Patson Daka capitalised on Yerry Mina's attempted header back to Jordan Pickford to draw Leicester level five minutes later.

The unmarked Holgate was quickest to react after Kasper Schmeichel kept out Richarlison's initial header from a corner to restore the Toffees' lead after 30 minutes.

Forced to chase another equaliser, Leicester dominated for large periods in the second half - but they found England number one Pickford once again in inspired form.

Having made one of the saves of the season against Chelsea last Sunday, the Toffees goalkeeper produced sublime stops to deny Nampalys Mendy and Harvey Barnes to protect his side's narrow lead.

Everton moved up to 16th with victory, one point above Burnley and Leeds United, who lost 2-1 at Arsenal to drop to 18th.

The Toffees have played one game fewer than their relegation rivals.

Meanwhile, defeat extends Leicester's winless Premier League run to five games and leaves Brendan Rodgers' side 14th in the table.

Afterwards, Pickford said: "It's about commitment, attitude, team spirit. That's what gets you over the line.

"It's about the team performance. To win 2-1 away from home – it feels like forever since we won away from home."

On Vitalii Mykolenko, he said: "He's come in, learned English straight away, he's a top lad and his attitude is top drawer. His dedication is second to none."

On Mason Holgate scoring the second, Pickford added: "We won't hear the end of that, will we? Mason will be on cloud nine after that.

"To win 2-1 is a great result but now we can't get carried away and we must go again on Wednesday."

On the saves he made, he concluded: "That's what I'm there to do."


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