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Saturday, 8 April, 2000, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Everton grab a point
Gerry Taggart gave Leicester an early lead
Leicester 1-1 Everton

Don Hutchison's first-half equaliser was enough to secure a point for Everton in a lacklustre clash against Leicester at Filbert Street.

In a game that had all the hallmarks of an end-of-season stroll, Gerry Taggart had given Leicester an early lead with a close-range header.

It failed to spark Martin O'Neill's side, however, and Everton should have wrapped up proceedings in the second period.

Hutchison's equaliser came before the break
Leicester opted to play Matt Elliott up front in the first half until Ian Marshall replaced Stefan Oakes, and the big Scot tested Paul Gerrard in the sixth minute with a low drive from Izzet's corner.

Everton took far too long to get going and were punished in just the eight minute when Taggart rose to head Leicester in front on the six-yard line.

A 20th minute long cross from Stephen Hughes was headed wide by Barmby, but Leicester's driving midfield players Neil Lennon and Oakes were constantly moving clear of their markers.

But after 26 minutes the Merseysiders were level, and Hutchison made his mark dramatically.

Barmby produced the sort of cross that would have delighted David Beckham. Hutchison met it with power, having got above Taggart, to bullet a header past Tim Flowers.

Taggart was booked for a foul on Hutchison after 51 minutes, and then Marshall made his presence felt with a header from Guppy's right-wing free-kick after 59 minutes.

Everton should have taken a number of late chances
TSavage's cross after 62 minutes was met by Cottee, and his header looped over the bar.

Having already brought on Danny Cadamarteri for the injured Moore, Everton then lost Gough after 63 minutes with a damaged left leg, being replaced by Richard Dunne.

Barmby then had two fine chances to settle it.

The first came on 69 minutes when he scuffed an effort from eight yards after Dunne's pulled back pass, and five minutes later he hesitated yards from goal, allowing Gilchrist to hook the ball off his toes.


Leicester: Flowers, Taggart, Guppy, Savage, Gilchrist, Impey, Izzet, Lennon, Oakes, Elliott, Cottee. Subs: Walsh, Marshall, Arphexad, Dudfield, Zagorakis.

Everton: Gerrard, Gough, Unsworth, Weir, Xavier, Pembridge, Collins, Barmby, S. Hughes, Hutchison, Moore. Subs: Ball, Dunne, Cadamarteri, Simonsen, Milligan.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood)

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