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Abdoulaye Doucoure urges Everton to keep pressure on Premier League leaders

Everton climbed to fifth in the Premier League after beating Leicester.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure (Catherine Ivill/PA)

Abdoulaye Doucoure (Catherine Ivill/PA)

Abdoulaye Doucoure (Catherine Ivill/PA)

Abdoulaye Doucoure has outlined Everton’s Premier League ambitions and urged the Toffees to keep the pressure on at the top.

Richarlison and Mason Holgate struck to earn an impressive 2-0 win at top-four rivals Leicester on Wednesday.

The Toffees climbed to fifth in the Premier League, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Arsenal, and Doucoure wants them to maintain their form.

“We knew before the match we could close the gap on the teams at the top,” said the midfielder.

“It was the same (mindset) before the game (a 1-0 win) against Chelsea. To win these two games is very good for us and we need to keep going in this way.

“It was a great result. We fought for every ball. We know this league is very competitive and the teams are very close together in the table.”

Richarlison ended a three-month wait for a Premier League goal, while Holgate’s crucial strike was his first in the top flight.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 11 of the Blues’ 23 league goals this season and Doucoure knows the importance of different scorers.

“We are so happy for Mason and Richarlison,” he told the club’s official site. “Mason scored from a set-piece and it is important to be dangerous from them.

“Richarlison also scored, which for his confidence is very good.

“Dominic has been in great form, of course, he didn’t score against Leicester but it is good for the team to have other goalscorers, too.”

Leicester remain fourth – a point above Everton – after their fourth home defeat in seven top-flight games this season.

The Foxes go to Tottenham on Sunday and Harvey Barnes knows Brendan Rodgers’ side must improve.

“We know we can do better. We know we can be more clinical in the final third and create more chances, so it’s disappointing for us,” the winger told the club’s official site.

“We need to reset. We will look at the points tonight which we can improve on and make sure we’re fully focused on that.

“We’ll be going there wanting to take three points and keep that momentum going for ourselves.”

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