Belfast Telegraph

New boy Theo fires Toffees to big victory with first-half double

Everton 2-1 Leicester City

Everton's Theo Walcott celebrates
Everton's Theo Walcott celebrates

By Carl Markham

Theo Walcott's maiden Everton goals secured a first win in eight matches as a 2-1 triumph over Leicester arrested their slide under Sam Allardyce.

The £20m January signing became the first Toffees player to score twice in his maiden Premier League appearance at Goodison Park since Romelu Lukaku against Newcastle in September 2013.

Jamie Vardy's penalty in the second half set up a nervous finish, but Everton hung on to inflict the Foxes' first defeat of 2018 as they squandered the chance to close the gap on sixth-placed Arsenal.

Defender Seamus Coleman made his first appearance in an Everton shirt for 319 days after recovering from a double fracture of his leg while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland last March.

Claude Puel's side almost took a 10th-minute lead when Wilfred Ndidi's header bounced back off the crossbar.

It was from another visitors' corner midway through the half that Everton took the lead with Sigurdsson cutting back for the onrushing Walcott.

His second was equally as clinical, six minutes before half-time, as he volleyed in from close range.

Everton looked in control until the 72nd minute, when Rooney was penalised for tugging at Ndidi's shirt and Vardy converted.

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