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Leicester 3 - Huddersfield 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 01.01.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG

 

This was the game to win, to get a perfect start on the new year, and what a great start it was, winning 3-0 at home is always nice and the way it was done is one very impressive

Jamie Vardy was out, and Islam Slimani took his place. A groin injury picked up in the game away to Liverpool was the reason why the England international never appeared in the first game of the new year.

Iborra was also left out and on the bench with Adrien Silva who had been given "the green" to play for Leicester City, after a long wait. Matty James was in the starting line up and made the best out of it.

The first half of the game was a bit of a transport, and Huddersfield had posession. Wes Morgan had to leave the field and was replaced by Aleksandar Dragovic. Huddersfield never really tested Kasper Schmeichel so it all looked safe.
 

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if the 1st half was dull and without a lot of goalscoring chances, the 2nd half became the total opposite. Riyad Mahrez started the goalscoring show after 53 minutes, with a fantastic finish from an Albrighton perfect assist.

The 2nd came on a counter attack with a great run by Mahrez who found his international partner Slimani. The finish from Slimani was one calm and steady, showing that he can be the answer up front in the absence of Jamie Vardy.

Marc Albrighton scored a third, but was offside, but he got a chance in the next attack, and this time from a Gray assist he just moved the ball over the line behind Lössl in the Huddersfield goal.
 

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After a run of missed points and a few defeats, despite taking the lead both against Liverpool and Watford, City were back on winning ways with a perfect result and playing some of their best football this season.

Must be great for Matty James and Islam Slimani together with Alexandar Dragovic playing a big part in such a great win. Adrien Silva came on in the 85th minute to make his debut for Leicester after waiting since the start of the season, due to the transfer problems that appeared.

A perfect start to the new year, and now we all look forward to the next games, FA Cup v. Fleetwood (Vardy returns to Highbury), and the next Premier League games coming up. City will play Chelsea, Watford, Everton and Swansea in their next fixtures.

Positives:
Scoring three fantastic goals
Mahrez and Albrighton playing to their highest standard
Back to counter attacking in the best way possible
Scoring first in the 2nd half makes it a perfect scenario
Matty James and Islam Slimani both doing a grand job and showing their best level
Adrien Silva debut

Negatives:
Vardy missing the game, hopefully not a long rest
Morgan injury and yellow card, leaving the field early in the first half

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

Match Stats:
H/A
Possession: 47 % / 53 %
Corners: 4 / 1
Shots on target: 2 / 1
Shots wide: 3 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offsides: 4 / 1

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