Brendan Rodgers had as expected made a number of changes from the game v. Southampton last Friday, but again fielded a strong team and many of those not playing too much were all involved. Youri Tielemans and Jonny Evans were the only two survivors from the starting line-up v. Southampton
Everything started as expected with a Leicester City pressure that would see Burton just defending and again out of the blocks in high speed, finding goal after only 7 minutes, with a nice Kelechi Iheanacho finish, pushed on from Youri Tielemans.
Leicester kept momentum with Danny Ward having little or almost nothing to do when foxes striked again after 20 minutes. A great one to one passing resulted in Tielemans finishing off a great attack with a new goal. Leicester City were 2-0 up.
Strangely after this Leicester took their pedal of a bit and let Burton get into the game, but they kept their 2-0 lead to half-time.
2nd half started as the 1st finished, with Burton Albion getting a bit of momentum and making it busy for Danny Ward, who also in the late stages of the first half had to show his best, something he didn’t do when Burton’s most dangerous player, Liam Boyce, finished a good attack with a shot, foolishly let in, but again the strike was one that hit the goal and into the net, so all credit to the N Irish international who then scored the 2-1 consolation goal.
Lloyd Dyer had come on for his chance to play against his old team, and the 37 year old played well and must be seen as one of Burton’s best players in the half he played. and he managed to keep James Justin busy on his side.
Burton and Leicester both had their chances with Harvey Barnes scoring a goal but sadly disallowed by the referee, and it was probably a correct decision by the linesman.
Brendan Rodgers made all three substitution with a certain James Maddison making a sudden impact and scoring the 3-1 goal for Leicester City that in real settled it all.
In real showing that a League One club can upset a top team, when not being fully concentrated and making silly mistakes, losing a bit of momentum and playing with a team that is not really one seen many times together.
Rodgers put on Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi and they secured it nicely for Leicester as they are through to the quarter finals as they have been in the last two seasons losing on both occasions to Manchester City.
Manchester City are through also in this campaign after 3-1 win at home to Southampton. Oxford United and Sunderland ended in a 4-2 win to Oxford after penalites. Everton defeated Watford 2-0, Colchester won 3-1 away to Crawley, while this game saw Leicester City through.
To sum it up, here are our short notes
- Getting an early 2-0 lead
- Iheanacho on the scoresheet
- Tielemans showing his strength with assist and a goal
- Giving the squad a chance to play
- Of course winning and getting into the quarter final
- Losing momentum in the late stages of 1st half, letting Burton into the game
- Letting in a very sloppy goal
- A few of the players looked a bit rusty and not 100% up to it
- Player Ratings: Ward 6. Justin 5, Evans 6, Morgan 6, Fuchs 6, Choudhury 5, Tielemans 8, Albrighton 6, Iheanacho 7, Gray 7, Praet 6, Subs: Barnes, Maddison, Ndidi
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