A bit of optimism was back seeing Wilfred Ndidi on the bench and Youri Tielemans in the line-up. They are both very important players for Leicester City and without them the team looks weaker and very different.
Leicester took their chances and as against Southampton and Burnley going into the lead, but this time it was to be very different. Harvey Barnes was on the pedal and after 24 minutes he put Leicester in the lead, assisted nicely by Ricardo Pereira.
Papy Mendy had again been chosen by Brendan Rodgers in the starting line-up, but had to withdraw after just 34 minutes, giving Wilfred Ndidi a chance to shine again, and he did heavily, seeing the team back in the shape we love to see them.
No offence to Papy Mandy who is a total through and through professional with a view on football and life that really makes him a great asset for Brendan Rodgers, but sadly not the player that could steady the ship in a top four position.
Leicester kept their momentum and just pushed on for a second goal and just before the half time great it was those two again, this time Harvey Barnes assisting Ricardo Pereira as the duo settled the score and suddenly Leicester were 2-0 up.
Not everything is going as planned, and just before half time Jamie Vardy had to leave the field with another injury set back. How serious it is and when he will return is of course a concern, but with Kelechi Iheanocho showing great promise we all believe that the team can cope without a Vardy in the next games to come.
It was a bit shaky at times and when Leicester gave away a penalty in the 50th minute and Mark Noble converting from the spot, it looked a bit open again, and Leicester left it late. Kelechi Iheanacho was brought down inside the penalty box in the 80th minute and with Vardy absent from the field, Ayoze Perez did nothing wrong and scored safely from the penalty spot.
Just as the game were to end Iheanacho and Perez again combined and the latter scored his 2nd in the 88th minute and a comfortable 4-1 win was completed at King Power against The Hammers and it was Leicester City back on winning ways.
Great to see Leicester win at home against a team that is a bit below in the table, and again in close reach for that 2nd spot as Leicester are now 14 points ahead of Manchester United in fifth position and 8 points in front of Chelsea who are 4th.
Leicester will play Brentford next in the 4th round of the FA Cup and hopefully coming away with a win and a chance to reach the next round of that important cup competition. Aston Villa will then be next in that exciting 2nd game of the semi-s in the Carabao Cup, hopefully ending January on a high with two great wins and seeing that Wembley chance coming up.
- Getting back on winning ways
- Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez stepping up
- Ricardo Pereira showing what a brilliant player he is
- Ndidi back in the team
- Tielemans completing 90 minutes
- Kelechi Iheanacho doing well coming on for Jamie Vardy
- Jamie Vardy with another injury set back
- Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Pereira 8, Soyuncu 7, Evans 7, Chilwell 6, Mendy 6, Maddison 7, Perez 8, Vardy 6, Barnes 7, Subs: Ndidi 7, Iheanacho 7, Morgan
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Ricardo Pereira
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 62 / 38
- Corners: 7 / 8
- Shots on target: 4 / 0
- Fouls: 10 / 16
- Offsides: 1 / 2