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

Brendan Rodgers fielded an unchanged team and a bit surprised about that, since this was another game against another opponent, but anyway, good enough to get all three points down at the south coast. It all started with a bit of luck for Leicester, Southampton getting Jan Vestergaard sent off after just 10 minutes.

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Reflections of what happened at the day Leicester won 9-0 down at St. Mary’s in 2019 was in our minds as we all thought that being a man more of course would give Leicester an advantage we could the everything from.

But Leicester might have not thought about the top level for Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who was probably the best player on the field and especially his save from a Jamie Vardy shot stood out as excellent in the book. McCarthy was not in goal in the 0-9 happening, Angus Gunn was the goalkeeper that evening, so a bit different.

Leicester pushed on but could find the net with James Maddison trying hard with a number of shots from distant, and with Southampton staying deep it was no space to use.

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Leicester made a change going out 2nd half, giving Ayoze Perez 45 minutes and taking off Wesley Fofana to adjus the system and hope was to set more pressure on The Saints with one more attacker in the team.

Instead of a Leicester goal, Southampton took the lead from a Word-Prowse penalty after Kelechi Iheanacho had touched the ball with his hand, and with the strange way of handling the hands rule at the moment, you never know what happens.

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Leicester did push on and in the 68th minute Jonny Evans scored with a nice header and the equalizer was there. Great at least to see this levelled and hope for another goal was in the air.

Marc Albrighton came on for Luke Thomas just as Leicester had scored, but the approach never worked out and we could not really see towards the end that Southampton were down to 10 as they really showed quality in their defence and kept Leicester quiet.

To go to Southampton and pick up a point is always nice, but today three would have been what we should have aimed for, as the home team was down to 10 men so early. Rodgers never used his third option, a bit strange when you are not able to score.

  • Positives
    • Jonny Evans scoring, his header saved a point
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to use the advantage of being one man more
    • Getting a goal behind, not acceptable
    • When you had it all in your hand, you missed
    • Rodgers not making full use of subs, with quality alternatives available
    • 71% possession, not very impressive when you cannot take advantage of that
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 6, Soyuncu 6, Evans 7, Fofana 6, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 6, Iheanacho 6, Vardy 6, Maddison 6, Thomas 6 Subs: Albrighton, Perez 6
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jonny Evans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 29 / 71
  • Corners: 0 / 10
  • Shots on target: 3 / 9
  • Fouls: 9 / 13

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