Leicester 1, Norwich 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

As said earlier a possible banana skin experience, and that was exactly what this turned out to be. Leicester started with the same team and system as against Aston Villa and it turned out to be a bit difficult to adapt to that style at home.

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Leicester got one straight in the teeth with Teemu Pukki scoring after 26 minutes and then Brendan Rodgers had seen enough.

Leicester managed to get one back with Jamie Vardy hitting the net after 39 minutes, but the goal was registered as an own goal by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul as he in a way pushed it over the line, but for god sake, Jamie Vardy was the last Leicester City player on the ball and with the goalkeeper touch why shouldn’t it be Jamie’s goal, strange.

Strangely Brendan Rodgers decided to  take of Kelechi Iheanacho just as Leicester had equalized and replaced him with Demarai Gray. Not that everythig looked brilliant before 1-1, but why take off Kelechi at this time so early in the game.

Demarai Gray gets a chance in the latter minutes of the first half, but it doesn’t end in a goal and the teams are level at half time.

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Coming out to the 2nd half, Brendan Rodgers has made another change, taking of Dennis Praet and bringing on Harvey Barnes probably trying to get more pace and a more attacking style to it all.

2nd half starts in a positive way, with Jamie Vardy and Caglar Soyuncu both getting close, but no goals. Norwich are also in the game, but all in all a domination from Leicester, but cannot be converted into a new win which would have been deserved.

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Strange as it looks, credit to Norwich as they fought hard for their points, but of course a disappointing day for Leicester fans as they clearly can see Brendan Rodgers wasting two good points, not being able to get his team selection correctly to win this game.

To sum it up, here are our short notes

  • Positives:
    • Jamie Vardy again on the radar and securing at least one point
    • Getting back after being one goal behind
    • Keeping possession and being the dominant team
    • Wilfred Ndidi battles well and takes commando
  • Negatives:
    • Brendan Rodgers not able to field the right team from start
    • Getting a goal behind and struggling to score at home
    • Making strange substitutions after a goal is scored and we are equal
    • Not really lifting confidence on Praet and Kelechi, bad management
    • Axing players for the benefit of a system then didn’t work 2nd half
    • Tielemans and Maddison not really performing as well as we would like
    • Rodgers not using his third sub, strange use of Perez, he needs to play
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 6, Chilwell 6, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Ndidi 7,  Praet 5, Iheanacho 5, Tielemans 5, Vardy 7, Maddison 5, Subs: Gray 5, Barnes

Match Stats:

  • Possession: 59 / 41
  • Corners: 12 / 4
  • Shots on target: 6 / 4
  • Fouls: 10 / 15
  • Offsides: 0 / 1

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