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Leicester 2 Brighton 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 19.08.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

This was a must win, any other result would have been a disapointment. City had good controll, took an early lead and never looked back. A very important win and one secured in the best way possible

City scored the first goal after only a minute or so. A great dribble run by Mahrez and his shot was stopped, but Shinji Okazaki was there to score the goal when the goalkeeper let it go out of his hands.

This was of course a great reason for City to controll, and the team looked settled in the known 4-4-1-1 system. First half was a bit back and forward but it was probably no big chances missed and it was a day of dong what is needed.

Brighton never looked a treath and as the commentators mentioned, the new players at Brighton had a bit of problem with the pace of the action and lost the ball a lot, tackled by the City players, and especially Wilfred Ndidi made his mark in the centre of midfield.
 

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Second half was another transport, with Harry Maguire making his mark in his home debut. Another assist from Mahrez, and a great header from Maguire settled the score, 2-0. Mahrez never gave the Brighton defenders any rest and made his best performance for a while.

The team fielded against Brighton was one who is very settled, and keeping the structure is very important when you have players out. Fans often believe you can change system and players and without working on this on the training ground you will be "out cycling".

This is not FIFA play station, and to see Shakespeare doing things as planned is very pleasing, and it shows that he knows what works well. James had a great game v. Arsenal and today not at that level, but that will be expected when being out for so long.
 

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Shinji Okazaki made his mark again, scoring two goals in two games is just fantastic. He is really looking like the forward people would like to see, scoring goals. His work rate when not having the ball is one of the best seen by a forward on the planet earth.

Vardy worked hard, but today was a bit taken out of the game, and also a bit out of position, going out wide at times to get involved, but all in all great work rate and of course keeping the Brighton defender busy.

Mahrez made the most of this and if he can continue to play in this way, clubs will probably go higher with their bids, but again very important to get his head back on track and just concentrate on Leicester City, because he is on a long term contract.

So to sum up the game, here are our positvies and negatives, player ratings and match stats,

Positives:
Scoring two goals, conceding zero
Great home debut for Maguire, looking solid and scoring
Okazaki with two goals in two games
Schmeichel being allert when needed, despite little to do
Keeping the team as long as possible on the field, without any structural changes
Shakespeare keeping things very simple, good management
Ndidi making his mark, showing great skills and carachter

Negatives
Morgan getting a yellow card
Brighton having more posession than Leicester, playing at home

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 7, Simpson 7, Fuchs 6, Morgan 6, Maguire 9, James 6, Ndidi 8, Albrighton 6, Mahrez 8, Vardy 7, Okazaki 7
Subs: Slimani, Gray

Match Stats:
H/A
Posession: 49 % / 51 %
Corners: 6 / 2
Shots on target: 2 / 2
Shots wide: 5 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offsides: 1 / 2

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