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

Brendan Rodgers picked a team to get his best defending line in place with a back three that over the last few games have been a settled unit, and he also continued to play with two men up front and it looks concrete and solid at the same time, giving both Iheanacho and Vardy a chance to shine.

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To see Soyuncu back in the team was fantastic, he has been missed and of course going for a positive approach playing Perez inside behind the two top men. Leicester were the better team first half and could have taken the lead with a big Jamie Vardy opportunity.

Southampton didn’t produce much and Kasper Schmeichel had little to do so the first half ebbed out with no goals scored and a bit of a centre circle game, watched by 4000 in the stands at Wembly, nice to see a few people again at a football match.

Leicester kept the ball and Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans played a good game holding the Leicester team up in the field and tried to feed the two men up front in the best way possible.

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We didn’t have to wait long into the second half before Leicester scored, with a great run from Jamie Vardy out left, finding Kelechi Iheanacho inside the penalty box and him getting two opportunities two shoot and he second attempt just goes passed Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal.

James Maddison and Marc Albrighton both shows that coming off the bench and giving something else is a gain and makes it solid and for Brendan to know he have that strength on the bench is fantastic, now hopefully Harvey Barnes will return to full fitness.

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It wasn’t much happening and a bit of chances to Southampton towards the end was stopped solidly by Kasper Schmeichel as the four stoppage time minutes vanished it was clear that Leicester City would be back in a FA Cup final for the first time since 1969.

Watching the game from home, you just feel relaxed and fantastic after getting another for the history books. The last time Leicester City were involved in a final was back in 2000 when I was present at the old Wembley watching as Tranmere Rovers were beaten in the Worthington Cup final.

Brendan Rodgers was really pleased after the game and today he got his selection correctly and made the moves that gave Leicester City a historical return to the FA Cup final with a wait of 52 years, well done, great feeling, fantastic to watch.

  • Positives
    • Kelechi Iheanacho scores in a great relationship with Jamie Vardy
    • Cool and controlled performance all around
    • Brendan Rodgers reaching a final for the first time with Leicester City
    • Again rock solid from the back three, fun to watch
  • Negatives:
    • A few knocks on players, hopefully not any problems going forward
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 6, Soyuncu 8, Evans 8, Fofana 7, Tielemans 7, Ndidi 7, Iheanacho 7, Vardy 7, Perez 5, Pereira 6 Subs: Albrighton, Maddison
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jonny Evans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 49 / 51
  • Corners: 3 / 2
  • Shots on target: 1 / 0
  • Fouls: 12 / 7

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