Ahmed Musa’s quickfire brace thrills Leicester boss

NPFL By: Ambrose Udeme | 08/01/2017

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was thrilled after Ahmed Musa’s quickfire brace saw them secure a brilliant 2-1 Emirates FA Cup victory over Everton at Goodison Park to book their spot in Monday’s fourth round draw.

After a tight first half tussle that ended goalless, Romelu Lukaku converted a cross from close range just after the hour mark to put Everton in the driving seat but substitute Musa scored twice in the space of four second half minutes to give City the victory.

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But it was was the reaction that came with Musa's introduction that pleased Ranieri most, against a tough Everton side who had beaten the Foxes 2-0 at King Power Stadium as recently as Boxing Day in the Premier League.

"I’m very pleased with our performance,” Ranieri said at full-time. “We wanted to win and we wanted to go through in the FA Cup, which is an important competition.

"Then [we wanted to go through] even more because we lost to Everton at home, so we wanted revenge. It was a good match because of course at the beginning Everton pushed a lot and wanted to score a goal, but I’m very pleased with our performance before and after the goal.

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"When we conceded a goal, everybody wanted to react immediately. After there were chances for them and us, but it was a very good performance." Ranieri told the Foxes' website.

Musa, a first-half replacement for injured Leonardo Ulloa, scrambled home an equaliser within three minutes then linked brilliantly with Danny Drinkwater to beat Everton keeper Joel Robles with a crisp finish after 71 minutes.