Jordan Pickford has been slammed after wildly celebrating saving James Maddison’s penalty in the huge relegation clash between Leicester City and Everton.
19th met 18th in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium and the Toffees went 1-0 up early on through a Dominic Calvert-Lewin penalty after the England striker was bundled over by Timothy Castagne.
Leicester levelled through Caglar Soyuncu, though Pickford might have felt he should have done better.
The Foxes completely the turnaround in the 33rd minute when Maddison played through an exquisite pass for Vardy, who rounded Pickford and scored his third league goal of the season.
It looked it was about to get worse for Everton when Michael Keane was penalised for a clear handball. Maddison took the ball and not Vardy or Youri Tielemans and decided to go down the middle, as many do in pressure penalty situations.
However, Pickford, with his trusty water bottle containing penalty insights on Leicester players, read him like a book.
He swivelled before returning to a central position to pull off a strong stop and a first penalty save for four years.
The half-time whistle blew shortly after and Pickford was seen fist pumping the air in front of Leicester fans despite Everton going in 2-1 down in the six-pointer.
Jordan Pickford can’t hold back the celebrations at half-time after saving James Maddison’s penalty 😅🧤 pic.twitter.com/ioZTsx9g0K
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 1, 2023
Naturally, fans rinsed Pickford for the way in which he celebrated given his team were trailing at the break.
One wrote: “Pickford weird celebration at half time 2-1 down in the relegation zone.”
A second said: “Pickford giving the fist pump celebration to the Leicester fans whilst being 2-1 down
A third agreed: “Haha. Pickford is so weird. Did you see his little celebration there.”
Another user opined: “Sums Pickford up doing that celebration when he’s 2-1 down in a must win game. Biggest loser in the league.”
A fifth tweeted: “This totally won’t come back to haunt him.”
A final fan vented: “P*ssed me off this not going to lie, Made up he saved it but to carry on celebrating like he did.”
Pickford does have a bit of history with these types of antics, having memorably winked at Liverpool fans before Everton went on to lose the Merseyside derby at Anfield.