Hard Done By Leeds United fall short to Everton

Marcelo Bielsa will be unhappy with his team’s first half performance as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin give Carlo Ancelotti’s men the three points as they continue their quest to finish in the top four this season.

Story of the game

Leeds United got off to another slow start like they did at the King Power Stadium. Everton however, made Jack Harrison pay for a slip in midfield with a quick counter and a low cross from Lucas Digne which was put on a plate for Gylfi Sigurdsson, who placed it past Illan Meslier to put the Toffies ahead.

Leeds nearly got their way back in the game with a well worked corner routine, Raphinha plays a floating cross to the edge of the box and a thunderous volley from Gjanni Alioski comes off the post - much to the delight of Robin Olsen in the Everton goal.

Leeds continued their pressure for an equaliser when a Kalvin Phillips set piece found the head of Pascal Struijk, but a fantastic stop from Olsen kept his side in the lead. 

The pressure from Leeds didn’t pay off as their achilles heel comes to bite them again. A near post corner which was flicked on from Ben Godfrey to find an unmarked Calvert-Lewin for his first goal since December.

Leeds made the best start possible to the second half, a mix up from Yerry Mina falls for Patrick Bamford who slots in Raphinha to pass the ball swifty into the corner of Everton's net.

Olsen proved to be the star of the show, making four terrific saves in the matter of minutes. The best one of the bunch came when a cross from Raphinha found Harrison, which looped to Bamford. The Swedish goalkeeper got down and clawed it off the line.

The rebound fell to Raphinha, but Olsen was quick to get up to make the save at his near post to keep his side in the lead.

Leeds continued their pressure. Bamford again was involved in a lovely cross from Dallas, but his header clipped the top of the crossbar. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin should have wrapped the game up for Everton with a quick counterattack, leaving him one-on-one with Meslier, but the Frenchman made himself big to deny the Englishman.

Leeds now have to wait until Monday night for their next Premier League fixture where they will face Crystal Palace at Elland Road.

Leeds position remains

Despite the loss, the Whites remain 11th in the league, with a game in hand on Arsenal above them.

They are still comfortably 15 points adrift of the relegation zone, but a loss has hindered their push for a European place. Now four points from 'the top six', a victory last night would have been a big leg up for the dream end to the season.

Toffees still knocking on the door

Three points were exactly what Everton will have ordered after falling fatefully short at home to Newcastle United last weekend.

Although West Ham United picked up yet another win, it is those two who are looking to rock the apple cart and force their way into the top four.

Next up they have Manchester United, an opponent they haven't gotten the better of since early 2019.