Sheff Utd 1 - Leicester 4, positives and negatives, player ratings
and match report
DATE: 22.08.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
City manager Craig
Shakespeare is on a mission, and he fielded a team against Sheffield
United that shows that he would like a run in the EFL Cup this
season, a chance to get City back in Europe
City fielded a team in a 4-4-2 system, with Fuchs patnering Maguire
in the heart of defence. Ben Hamer were the choice in goal, Ndidi
and King played in the middle of midfield, Musa and Gray on the
flanks, Ulloa and Slimani up front.
Not a bad line-up at all, and with Mahrez, Vardy and Okazaki
on the bench Shakespeare had the cover needed to secure a win if
things had not gone as planned. In the first half it was pretty even
City had controll, but Sheff Utd shows that they are a team
to count in the Championship this season. With Maguire and Ndidi in
the team you have players on the field that has the capacity to get
Second half had not really started when Demarai Gray made a run and
a impressive dribble with a clinical finish, and City were 1-0 up.
From that time in the game, City just took command and with
Sheffield United opening up a bit, more goals were scored.
Two from Slimani, one in the 63rd and the 67th minute. The first one,
from a great assisting Andy King pass, and the 2nd one after a nice
ball from Demarai Gray.
Ben Hamer missed a "wrong pass" from Lavery in the 83rd minute.
Could say that Hamer should have saved it, but no one expected a
shot or a "wrong pass" in that situation.
Ahmed Musa finished it off with a great powerfull battle and a great
shot that made it a nice 4-1 away win for Leicester. Bramall Lane
can be a problematic stadium for away teams, but City avoided that
and came home with a great win and are now ready for the 3rd round.
Josh Knight made his debut and especially one block of a shot was
very impressive. After watching him a number of times in the U.23's
it's obvious that he has a future, and nice to players getting their
debuts doing so well.
Papa Mendy was also back in action after a long time away from
action. He came on for Ndidi in the 77th minute and had a number of
good involvements as well. Good to see players on the fringe doing
so well, they all made City proud tonight.
Shakespeare were pleased with the performance, Gray picked up the
player of the match award and this was something to build on in
front of the exciting game v. Manchester United coming up.
So to sum up the game, here are our positvies and negatives, player
ratings and match stats,
Scoring four away, Slimani with two, showing quality
Gray showing that he means business and really would like to be more
involved in the first team
Shakespeare's selection shows that he is eager to get a good cup
run, EFL cup could in the end get you back into Champions League
Mendy coming in and back in action
Knight debut and inspiring involvement
A number fringe players getting a chance to play
No yellow cards, no injuries
Great to see a City team playing with so much posession
Hamer 6, Amartey 7, Maguire 7, Fuchs 6, Chilwell 7, Ndidi 7, King 7,
Gray 9, Musa 7, Slimani 8, Ulloa 6
Subs: Knight, Mendy
Posession: 40 % / 60 %
Corners: 0 / 5
Shots on target: 3 / 2
Shots wide: 1 / 9
Fouls: 5 / 8
Offsides: 0 / 1
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