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West Bromwich 1 - Leicester 4, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 13.03.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG

 

To go "over the sea" and watch Leicester "live" is a fantastic happening for us foreign fans. This time we had the pleasure to be among the Leicester fans at The Hawthorns

The start of the game never really gave us an idea how this would end, but as we arrived at the stadium, some believed it would be a draw, others were confident we would win against a team at the very bottom of the table.

West Bromwich were the better team in the first quarter or so and took the lead after bad defending from the City defence, and a certain Salomon Rondon scored from a nice header, and watching this was no fun, foxes were not turned on.

Especially Ben Chilwell showed lack of defending maturity and again must be blamed for not being able to keep his calm and not rush into a situation as he did, not being able to defend against Oliver Burke who made a perfect pass from the flank.
 

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Kasper Schmeichel made a crucial save just minutes later to keep City in the game, a screamer of a finish was touched by Schmeichel and the ball hit the bar, it could have been 2-0 to West Bromwich, luckily things changed.

Football is unpredictable and just a few minutes later Jamie Vardy scored on a volley just inside the penalty area after a pass from Ryiad Mahrez, what a wonderfull finish, 1-1.

The first half never really gave any idea on how 2nd half would turn out. But Puel must have given some good advice as City came out in the 2nd half and after Kelechi Iheanacho entered the field, it was really a different game.
 

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Kelechi's intelligent flick to Mahrez was masterly handled by the Algerian who just touched the ball with his silky foot and suddenly City were 2-1 up. From then on it was just one team on the field and City played some of the best football I have ever seen in this era of time.

Great movement as confidence rised and especially Gray and Chilwell came out and made the day with good movement and great passing. Chilwell made a perfect pass after a nice overlap and found Iheanacho who scored his first PL goal in the 76th minute.

The game finished with another fantastic goal scored by Vicente Iborra who just hang in the air and finished with a clinical header, with Ben Forster not able to hold the ball and suddenly City were 4-1 in stoppage time. What a great day at The Hawthorns it all turned out to be.

Positives:
Mahrez and Vardy showing the skill needed to turn things around
Iheanacho showing his best, scoring his first PL goal
Iborra back in the team, great performance and passing skill, making City a better team
Chilwell showing great offensive quality, assisting one goal
Scoring four after being one down, great, even against a bottom placed side

Negatives:
Okazaki a bit "rusty" after being out so long, hopefully he will get 100 % soon
Chilwell not able to keep his calm and questions to be asked if he is a player to trust defensively in the PL

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 7, Simpson 6, Chilwell 6, Maguire 7, Morgan 6, Iborra 7, Ndidi 6, Gray 6, Mahrez 7, Vardy 7, Okazaki 5
Subs: Iheanacho 8,  Albrighton, Diabate

Match Stats:
H/A
Result: 1-4
Goalscorers, Leicester: Vardy, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Iborra
Possession: 43 % / 57 %
Corners: 7 / 6
Shots on target: 0 / 4
Shots wide: 3 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 7
Offsides: 1 / 2

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