Neither Brentford or Leicester played their best teams this Saturday afternoon as they both probably would not risk their league form at this stage, but from the way we could see Brendan Rodgers picking his line-up he was eager to win the battle at Griffin Park
Leicester came close after just a few seconds but the attempt from Ayoze Perez was saved off the line. But it took Rodger’s men only four minutes to secure the lead with a great passing of the ball ending at Kelechi Iheanacho’s feet and he just hammered the ball into the net.
Brentford might have lost most on not fielding their best team but they probably looked at this one with a view to give a number of players a chance to show their skills who are often either on the bench or not playing at all in the Championship.
A rare chance for Danny Ward as well as he was given a game placing Kasper Schmeichel on the bench for this one. Ward had a day of a number of strange situations and was saved by the referee and the posts on several occasions as Leicester kept their lead.
With a new and very important game coming up on Tuesday, that replay in the Carabao Cup v. Aston Villa. it looked more and more like a transport and steadying the ship might have been Rodgers main priority.
21 year old academy graduate Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall got his chance in the 68th minute coming of the bench to replace Kelechi Iheanacho who might be of great importance v. Aston Villa. With the absence of Jamie Vardy, probably also out for the game on Tuesday, Dewsbury-Hall took a more defensive role as he helped Leicester to secure the win.
Griffin Park is not the easiest places to go to and playing an up and coming promotion candidate from one tier below should never be looked up on as an easy task. James Maddison was also given a few minutes towards the end raplacing Demarai Gray.
Not the best of performances, but again solid enough to get through to the 5th round of the FA Cup, that was the most important task. No one will never ask questions about a performance as long as the team wins and goes through.
Clever planning from Brendan Rodgers is what we need at this point with all the games coming up. We just have to support Brendan and his players as they march on towards an exciting end of the season.
- Getting through to the 5th round of the FA Cup
- Kelechi Iheanacho scoring again that important winning goal
- Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall getting his first team debut
- Keeping a clean sheet
- Getting more players involved and seing positives
- Not really scoring enough against a weakened Brentford team
- A few too many blunders that could have resulted in goals, but luckily it didn’t
- Player Ratings: Ward 6, Justin 6, Soyuncu 6, Morgan 6, Fuchs 7, Praet 6, Choudhury 6, Perez 5, Iheanacho 7, Gray 5, Albrighton 6, Subs: D-Hall, Maddison
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Kelechi Iheanacho
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 50 / 50
- Corners: 7 / 4
- Shots on target: 5 / 2
- Fouls: 11 / 11
- Offsides: 5 / 1