Leicester 2, Brighton 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler was in charge for this one against Brighton, as new manager Brendan Rodgers were in the stands watching a team chasing a win to satisfy the former Celtic boss.

The team selection was as Tcf would have said, spot on, just playing the obvious eleven that all of us would have picked. A good balance between midfield and the forward line and with Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy in their preferred positions.

Both players showed great form and with Youri Tielemans also adding that little extra flair in midfield, you are set up with a group of players that can score goals and be on top of their performance

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Opposite of previous performances Leicester were out of the blocks from start and after just 10 minutes, Demarai Gray was played through by Yourie Tielemans and a perfect placed shot found the net behind Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Leicester continued to put pressure on Brighton during the first half, but The Seagulls also had their chances but was cut short as Kasper Schmeichel put his safe hands on all attempts coming as far as to the Leicester City goal.

To see a Leicester City team as solid as this one, was a great change and everything looked settled and in place, all players looked as if they believed this would be a winning formula as they came on for 2nd half.

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Young players will always be a bit up and down, but with experienced heads in Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel especially, the youngsters rallied on, with Harvey Barnes terrorising the Brighton defense at times, but his finishing must improve.

Barnes could have scored at least two goals, but instead it was Jamie Vardy who came last on that great Maddison assist and Leicester City were 2-0 up after 63 minutes. What a great “picture”, and what a response after that dreadful performance against Palace.

But as Leicester City and Jamie Vardy had scored the 2-0 goal, lack of concentration let Brighton into the game just minutes after and Propper scored just three minutes later, without getting too much pressure from the Leicester City defenders.

Harry Maguire made a great run from his own half a bit later on, in Maradona style passing 5 or 6 Brighton players and as he moved into the penalty box, came close to a fantastic finishing, but it all ended in a corner, but well done from the Leicester City defender, closely watched from the stands by England coach Gareth Southgate.

  • Positives:
    • Winning at home with a relatively solid performance
    • Perfect team selection and substitutions during the game
    • Gray and Vardy shows their quality and great finishing
    • Stowell and Sadler just doing the business, and doing a great job
    • Maguire taking charge and going forward in style
    • Rodgers getting a great display, watching from the stands
    • Great saves from Schmeichel, doing his job as captain
  • Negatives:
    • Conceding just minutes after scoring 2-0, not on their toes
    • Not much possession, a bit against the philosophy, but it works
    • Barnes needs to score from the chances he create, not clinical enough
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 8. Pereira 6, Chilwell 7, Maguire 7, Evans 6, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 7, Gray 7, Barnes 7, Vardy 7, Maddison 7, Subs: Mendy, Okazaki,  Iheanacho

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 45 / 55
  • Corners: 4 / 8
  • Shots on target: 2 / 2
  • Shots wide: 11 / 9
  • Fouls: 6 / 4
  • Offsides: 1 / 4

 

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