Leicester through to the next round in the Carabao Cup, excelent and fantastic news for especially one involved

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The line-up v. Millwall showed Jonny Evans in the heart of defense, and as we thought he would be out for a long time he was straight back in the team and played all 90 minutes. To see him in there is just great news as we love to see the N Ireland international in the heart of this defence.

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Leicester did have the ball the most and this was a typical banana skin not really seeing the possession being used in the best way possible with Millwall just defending with most of their players behind the ball. But when Ademola Lookman scored his first goal for the club after tapping in from a Kelechi Iheanacho shot, it was no doubt about the finish result and in the end Kelechi scored the 2-0 goal.

Great to see Jonny Evans as captain, playing the game until the end and completing 90 minutes, we just hope that he will continue this way as the team is very much depending on his leadership and ability, you can see how this team is missing him when he is out, undoubtly among the most important players at the club at the moment.

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There were a lot of changes made to the team, but to come away from The Den with a clean sheet and getting into the next round was a good boost for a team that has struggled a bit lately. Brighton will be next and with Jonny Evans in there we do have what it takes to win at home against The Seagulls.

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News coming in about Brendan Rodgers seen as a possible candidate to take over at Barcelona, but gladly he is not the leader of the pack with a certain Roberto Martinez seen as the front runner and he would probably jump at the chance to get that job, and hopefully it will never be a chat between Leicester, BR and the club in question.

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Young and promising midfielder shows quality, when will the England international take his next step at Leicester

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Brendan Rodgers must be thrilled to see that the youth set up at the club brings forward a large number of talents that he can look at as he decides on his next move. With both Papy Mendy and Hamza Choudhury on the fringe, and hopeful of a move away from the club, eyes can be put on Sammy Braybrooke as the youngster progress through the ranks.

The U.23 side played Everton recently and Braybrooke was a vital part of that set up, still just 17 years of age. He is also a very tiny type of player and not the tallest one, but his energy and eye for a quick and accurate pass is one of his greatest qualities.

Leicester avoided the drop from the top last season and gladly so with the club in a bit of transition with a number of very young players coming through and getting to play in the U.23 team. We have seen players reaching their age to move on after not getting into the first team set up and that leaves a massive gap to fill for current coach Ben Petty.

This is a difficult balance as players in this category also are considered to be good loan options for clubs in the lower end of the league pyramid. The fact that a great number of players also are shipped out and moving on will of course test the club in this department.

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Sammy Braybrooke did show us all against Everton that he can cope with this level and his playing style gives us all hope of a new and energic prospect coming through. He has allready cought attention at international level representing England U.18 in a friendly v. Wales earlier in the year, and of course exciting to see a new recruit taking those steps with Harvey Barnes, Ben Chilwell and Luke Thomas going the same route.

Results have been a bit up and down for the U.23’s with two draws against Man Utd and Blackburn, a massive defeat v. Crystal Palace and this nice and energic win v. Everton. We do believe that the young midfielder that trained with the first team in pre-season will progress further.

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His style is also a bit aggressive and as we did see against Crystal Palace and Everton he can be exposed at times as he was given the yellow in both games, but hopefully that will be something to work on as the team needs his presence and not see him missing games because of this.

It will be exciting to follow Sammy Braybrooke going forward and if his progress continues we all know that Brendan Rodgers can be willing to give him some first team look in’s in the EFL Cup so not surprised to see his inclusion going forward.

TCF believe in youth and how they can take the next steps and should be the place to look instead of buying fringe players for massive amounts without really having the instant need for their services. Leicester cannot go on buying more as the club needs their youth programme and seeing players coming through is the way we would like to see it happen.

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Next up for the U.23’s is an away fixture v. Brighton on Friday the 24th of September. We will hopefully see the team in the same way as they are eager to pick up more points and climb the ladder.

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There are great talent around and with Sammy Braybrooke getting more game time and hopefully add vital experience to his game at his very young age, it will be interesting to see how far this energic type of a player will get.

This is a young and new fine group of players coming through interesting to watch as the season progress and hopefully we will see Brendan Rodgers looking at this team as a possible recruitment area rather than going into the transfer market and buy players for the future.

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Brighton 2, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, FA Premier League fixture

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Soumare getting the chance from start and based on his performance v. Napoli it came as no surprise, pushing James Maddison further up the field and giving him a new role, was also exciting to see, and it all started well from start, but after the first few minutes Brighton took over the show.

Nothing to say about Brendan Rodgers approach to the game, but in some way Brighton had done their homework well and managed to silence James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, both almost gone first half.

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Then when Brighton wrongly is rewarded an early penalty. Maupay holding on to Vestergaards arm and twisting it, without the ref noticing it and instead blows for a penalty, VAR also missing the vital happening before the big Dane raising his arms, looking at it all in the back mirror you can of course react to why Vestergaard raise his arm as he would know he would be in a situation touching the ball, so it all looked a bit bizarre.

Maupay does nothing wrong from the spot at Brighton goes 1-0 up and suddenly the situation looks a bit difficult as Leicester have not been able to put much pressure on The Seagulls.

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Coming out second half sadly things does not work well for James Maddison at the moment and certainly not adaptable to the role he had today, out with the England international after first half and with loan man Ademola Lookman a more natural wide man and to understand.

But as we did see a bit of improvement, Danny Welbeck makes the day even darker with a clear header outjumping everyone and his perfect placed header makes the stadium explode, Brighton are 2-0 up.

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But from that point the game changed in nature, Youri Tielemans got more space in midfielder with Lookman making the space more difficult to cover and his quick movement makes it more difficult for Brighton to stop the Leicester pressure and nice play that start to occur.

When Jamie Vardy scores after 61 minutes with one of the best goals seen build up with nice one two touches and played fantastic forward in the end by Tielemans for Vardy just to push the ball over the line as he finds that pocket to run into to place the ball perfectly in the net.

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Brendan Rodgers found his starting line-up against Napoli, when things worked great from start and faded as the game went on with strange changes, this time it was the opposite introducing Lookman which helped and also made that injection putting on an extra forward in Kelechi Iheanacho.

Leicester pushed for more and everyone thought it would have stood 2-2 when Ademola Lookman scored from close range, but the man with the whistle had other thoughts and disallowed the goal seeing Harvey Barnes in offside.

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Leicester were not finished and from a later corner kick everyone this time thought that the goal was clearly correct when Wilfred Ndidi perfectly hit the ball with a great header and in it went, but again Harvey Barnes was in there and a new goal disallowed also an offside based on the fact that Barnes had interfered and disturbed the goalkeeper.

Brighton put on some real height in the end with both Moder and Burn coming in from the bench and they managed to keep the ball away from goal and bringing home yet another three points, their fourth of the season with a brilliant start to their campaign.

Leicester will take on Millwall in the EFL Cup next and maybe see a new structure and set up as changes are the new normal for Brendan Rodgers, but hopefully everything will be in balance when Burnley comes to visit next weekend.

  • Positives
    • Putting on Lookman, that was a clever act
    • Vardy scoring again, a great goal and finish
    • Soumare getting a chance to start
    • Playing well second half
  • Negatives:
    • Letting in two goals, poor defensive performances
    • James Maddison, not in the game, not functioning as he should
    • No energy first half
    • Referee with two major errors that cost Leicester at least one point, maybe three
    • Vestergaard putting his hand in the air, no need, not even if he is held down
    • A new defeat, three more points lost
    • Ndidi a new yellow
    • The third kit looks awful, just ugly

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Pereira 6, Vestergaard 4, Soyuncu 5, Bertrand 5, Soumare 5, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 6, Barnes 6, Vardy 6, Maddison 3 Subs: Lookman 7, Castagne, Iheanacho

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Ademola Lookman

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 37 / 63
  • Corners: 4 / 9
  • Shots on target: 5 / 3
  • Fouls: 8 / 10

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