Leicester 1, Brighton 0, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

A new experimental approach from Brendan Rodgers and debut given to Vontae Daley-Campbell, playing a team in a 3-4-3 formation and also giving starts to none regulars Chengiz Under, Daniel Amartey, Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu, and as much as we hate this “magical mystery tour” we have to accept that the manager is not bowing for trying something we all know will work worse than playing a straight 4-3-3.

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First half never gave us any joy as the game faded out with a bit of a midfield battle and no teams managed to set their forwards up in a way that made it good enough, as both Leicester City wide men Thomas and Daley-Campbell were both played out of their preferred positions.

To know that you have power on the bench and players better than the once playing, makes it easy to do changes for the better and as first half faded out it was still a 0-0 situation so not to worry much, it all looked controlled defensively at least.

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2nd half started in the same way, but after a while changes were made and with James Maddison entering the field things started to happen, bringing on Kelechi Iheanacho was also a good move by Brendan Rodgers as Leicester put more and more pressure on a very tame Brighton team.

Chengiz Under was in good mood and made more and more thrilling moves towards the end of the game combining nicely with James Maddison and setting up a number of attempts, but it was not before the very end in the final seconds of the game that the only attempt goal appeared.

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Kelechi Ihenacho was left alone in front of goal and a perfect placed assist from Youri Tielemans found the head of the Nigerian international and Leicester just made it all perfect, but the wait was long and a great 1-0 win well deserved was taken to the harbor.

Leicester are in the quarter finals of the FA Cup after this win against Brighton, defeating Stoke and Brentford in the previous rounds. So we just have to wait for that thrilling draw, and hope of reaching Wembley is very much alive.

  • Positives
    • Keeping everything controlled in the back, Brighton did not have much of a chance
    • Giving a number of players game time
    • Winning 1-0 and scoring it late, another goal for Kelechi, great
    • Rodgers able to fix his errors, great credit for that ability
    • Positive debut for Daley-Campbell doing the most out of his day
  • Negatives:
    • Changing players and system, playing players out of their preferred positions
    • Playing with unexperienced full backs as wide flanks in a four men midfield is not a great plan, and just stupid
    • Yellow cards to Perez and Tielemans
    • James Justin injury, looked ugly
  • Player Ratings: Ward 6, Daley-Campbell 6, Soyuncu 6, Justin 6, Amartey 6, Tielemans 7, Thomas 6, Under 6, Vardy 5, Perez 5, Ndidi 6 Subs: Iheanacho, Fuchs, Choudhury, Maddison
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Youri Tielemans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 54 / 46
  • Corners: 7 / 3
  • Shots on target: 3 / 1
  • Fouls: 8 / 7

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