Walsall 0, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, FA Cup 4th round fixture

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Leicester are through to the last 16 in this seasons FA Cup. A massive domination in play but again struggling to make the difference from a number of goal chances.

The team looked strong as Brendan Rodgers had picked his eleven with most of his best players in there, with one major change as Daniel Iversen was in goal instead of Danny Ward, with the Wales international not even named on the bench, seeing Alex Smithies being named in that position.

Walsall came out first half without fear and a few attempts on goal gave Daniel Iversen something to work on, but he was never in doubt as he managed to keep a clean sheet for the fourth time in four games for the first team.

TCF is a massive admirer of Daniel Iversen, as we believe he is the best goalkeeper at the club at present, and being the first choice at Leicester he would have pushed Kasper Schmeichel for his job in the Denmark goal.

No goals after the first half, but still a belief that this would turn out in the best way. 2nd half started with a big chance to take the lead when Patson Daka was taken down in the penalty area, but Youri Tielemans missed from the penalty stop.

James Maddison was back from start this time, but still a bit away from his best form and far from being the player he was before the injury striked, let us all be a bit patient and we certainly believe Maddison will back to his very best.

With Leicester struggling to score, Brendan Rodgers decided to ring the changes, making three substitutions in the 63rd minute. Victor Kristiansen came on for his debut, replacing Luke Thomas, Kelechi Iheanacho in for Patson Daka and Dennis Praet brought in for James Maddison.

Kelechi Iheanacho made the most out of his minutes on the field and just five minutes after he came on, scoring with a wonderful strike from distance, and it was deflected as the Walsall goalkeeper Owen Evans had no chance to save. Evans, a former Wales U.21 international, had prior to this shot made some very impressive saves.

Leicester kept it going and had a number of chances to score, Harvey Barnes could have converted, so could Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, making nothing out of a perfect pass from Victor Kristiansen.

Again another 1-0 win, another clean sheet in FA Cup action, and still no team have managed to score on Leicester with Daniel Iversen in goal.

  • Positives
    • Winning away against another lower league team, doing just enough to go through
    • Victor Kristiansen making his debut, gettnig a chance to show his capacity
    • James Maddison again involved and playing 63 minutes
    • Daniel Iversen again keeping a clean sheet
    • Kelechi Iheancho taking his tally of FA Cup goals to 17 in
  • Negatives
    • Not able to score more than one goal
    • Youri Tielemans missing a penalty
    • Patson Daka again not converting
    • James Maddison being booked
    • Not able to use 75% of possession to little or nothing

Player Ratings: Iversen 6, Castagne 6, Amartey 6, Faes 6, Thomas 5, Tielemans 5, Mendy 6, Maddison 6, Barnes 5, Daka 5, Dewsbury-Hall 6, Subs: Iheanacho, Kristiansen, Praet

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kelechi Iheanacho

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 25 / 75
  • Corners: 8 / 28
  • Shots on target: 3 / 7
  • Fouls: 7 / 10

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