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David Nugent left gutted after Leicester lose vital points to Everton


Net bonus: David Nugent (left) with Jamie Vardy

Net bonus: David Nugent (left) with Jamie Vardy


Net bonus: David Nugent (left) with Jamie Vardy

David Nugent described Everton's late equaliser as "a killer" after Leicester were denied a crucial win in their battle against relegation from the Premier League.

The Foxes looked set for an unlikely three points at Goodison Park after goals from Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso cancelled out Steven Naismith's opener.

But, with two minutes remaining, Romelu Lukaku's diving header was diverted into his own net by Matthew Upson and the game ended 2-2.

Nugent said: "Nobody expected us to come away from home and pick up points. To concede like that is a killer but it's a point.

"Now we've got a tricky game at Man City (Wed, March 4) but Burnley went there and got a result so there's no reason we can't."

Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez leapt to the defence of Tim Howard after the goalkeeper put in another sub-par performance.

"I don't see Tim as directly responsible of the draw," Everton boss Martinez said. "The first one is unlucky. He gets in a block, it hits John Stones' legs and ends up in the Leicester striker's footpath.

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"We have three players around him and it ends up with him. I don't think it was a major error.

"I don't think it would solve anything if we just single out the player who made that mistake. As a team we need to defend much better in those situations."

Everton's home form was key to their fifth-place finish last term, but they have won three and drawn six at Goodison Park this year.

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