Brendan Rodgers made a number of changes as expected giving starts to a lot of fringe players as we did see Perez, Iversen, Praet and Thomas among the players in the starting eleven. Wout Faes and James Justin wre two players on the field from start so it was not a full shuffle of players.
A bit of a slow start as Newport kept themselves in shape to keep Leicester out of the zone ot score, but the gap in level showed after 44 minutes when James Justin scored and from that point it was no question of the next .
The 2nd half started a bit as the first, with little or nothing happening, but again very solid and Daniel Iversen had little to work on, but as we all know, a solid goalkeeper who is too good to sit on the bench at Leicester and ruining his international career.
Leicester had enough power in this team to play out Newport as we all know that the depth of the Leicester squad is not the problem at this point, nice to see that 2nd half Leicester were stepping up.
Pressure kept coming and Newport cracked in the 70th minute when Marc Albrighton found Jamie Vardy inside the penalty box and Vardy’s header was a perfect finish.
We all know what Jamie Vardy can do and great to see him in action as Newport defenders became shaky and the third goal of the evening was a typical Jamie Vrady, played through in the deep by Harvey Barnes. a lovely twist and turn as he danced towards the goal dribbled one defender into the stands and hammering the ball into net.
Leicester again showed power and a solid performance against a team that should be defeated at home every day of the week. Newport are currently 18th in League Two, so this was expected and again perfectly balanced by Brendan Rodgers.
Lovely to see a young Sammy Braybrooke getting his full Leicester debut at the age of 18. He is a clever player with a great touch and great feeling for a correct pass. He looks a solid home grown that hopefully will get more games going forward.
The draw for the fourth round will take place on Thursday night , straight after the conclusion of Manchester United v Aston Villa, live on Sky Sports. The draw is scheduled to begin around 10pm.
- Scoring three, solid performance and doing what was expected
- Jamie Vardy showing form
- Scoring three, keeping a clean sheet
- James Justin getting a goal
- Braybrooke getting his debut at the age of 18
- James Justin taken off, hopefully he will recover fast
Player Ratings: Iversen 6, Justin 6, Evans 6, Faes 6, Thomas 6, Soumare 6, Ndidi 6, Praet 6, Perez 5, Barnes 6, Vardy 8, Subs: Iheanacho, Albrighton, Tielemans, Braybrooke, Vestergaard
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Jamie Vardy
Match Stats (H/A)
- Possession: 77 / 33
- Corners: 12 / 1
- Shots on target: 10 / 2
- Fouls: 7 / 7