By Joe Ellis

20th Apr, 2022 | 8:24pm

BBC pundit likens Everton v Leicester 1st half to training match

Everton were nothing short of appalling in the first half of their Premier League game against Leicester City and Clinton Morrison didn’t hold back.

The Toffees were behind within five minutes as Harvey Barnes steered a low cross into the far corner for the Foxes to give them a dream start on Merseyside.

Leicester looked far too comfortable throughout the first 45 minutes with only a back post header from Richarlison that was a whisker wide making them sweat even slightly.

Morrison couldn’t help but compare the start of the game to a training exercise on BBC Sport’s live text commentary.

“This is like a training match. Everton’s defence against Leicester’s attack. It is going to be a very long night for Everton if it carries on this way,” Morrison said.

“Everton have real tough games coming up while Burnley are playing against teams around them.”

Same old

We all hoped that the battling and gritty victory at home to Manchester United was the start of a turnaround at Goodison Park but those hopes have evaporated now.

It was clearly the opposition more than us that caused that result and we’re back to square one again.

The taunting chants of “ole” from the away end with just 11 minutes played won’t have helped the home crowd nor the players in blue who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league.

The run-in is a big worry for Frank Lampard’s side with the majority of games against the toughest opposition in the top flight while those around have much easier final assignments.

Goodison Park used to be a fortress and under Lampard, we had hoped it would happen again but it hasn’t been anywhere near where we hoped and maybe we need to prepare ourselves for Championship football next season based on that first half.

In other Everton news, Lampard tried his best to rally the home crowd with what he said in the matchday programme.

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