Brentford 1, Leicester 3, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

As expected Brendan Rodgers would ring the changes in the FA Cup, and with a solid squad you need to balance those opportunities for certain individuals as they are of course desperate to get some action in a team that is in such good form at the moment.

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The fact that so many players were new to the team made the start a bit shaky and after just six minutes play Brentford were 1-0 up and they made a great start to the game which Leicester didn’t really find an answer to, with Brentford being the driving force for the first 45 minutes.

What Brendan Rodgers did in the dressing room before the second half is not easy to understand, but it must have been something special since the team was transformed starting in a blistering tempo and Chengiz Under scored almost straight from the start of that second half, assisted brilliantly from James Maddison.

Just a few minutes later Youri Tielemans is brought down in the penalty area and rewarded, and the captain on the day, converts controlled himself from the spot. Leicester are in the driving seat and it’s no reason to slow down.

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James Maddison gets his goal in the 71st minute, pushing the ball over the line after the Brentford goalkeeper never manage to hold the ball after a great shot from Harvey Barnes. Leicester 3-1 up and more chances comes like a flush from a big shower.

Chengiz Under had a chance to score his second but his shot goes wide, and he should have taken it better to become the man of the match, but instead his performance is just fading out as one ok on a day that he could have shown his quality in the full.

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Leicester made a number of changes towards the end, but with such quality on the bench it makes the team more solid and controlled as players entered the field. Comfortably in the end, finishing 3-1 and through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, well done. Brighton next in the 6th round, and at home, but that doesn’t look very important to Leicester these days as game home and away are really not much bothering for Brendan Rodgers and his men

  • Positives
    • Giving a great number of players much needed game time
    • Ability to change the rythm of the game without making any substitutions at half time
    • Tielemans getting his chance as captain, great to see him evolve and progress
    • Maddison scoring and assisting, he is also showing his skills
  • Negatives:
    • The start of the game
  • Player Ratings: Ward 6, Pereira 6, Thomas 7, Soyuncu 7, Amartey 6, Tielemans 7, Maddison 8, Mendy 6, Under 7, Perez 6, Barnes 7 Subs: Iheanacho, Castagne, Albrighton, Ndidi
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 38 / 62
  • Corners: 6 / 7
  • Shots on target: 4 / 6
  • Fouls: 13 / 12

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