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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 affair.

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 this right.
 

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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.
 

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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,

Positives:
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

Negatives
Nothing

Player ratings:
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

Match Stats:
H/A
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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