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

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Brendan Rodgers again made changes from the line-up that played Blackburn, also missing the game was Victor Kristiansen, him also out with injury, picked up in training, and maybe too much games with little or no real pre-season could be a reason.

Ricardo Pereira was in the starting line-up for the first time this season, and it all started well with Leicester again positive and aggressive as the first minutes really showed promise with good possession.

Kelechi Iheanacho was again up front, James Maddison also in the line-up so high hopes for a goal, but chances were spoiled one by one and typical to see Southampton with no or just a bit of pressure scoring after 35 minutes.

Danny Ward had just minutes before saved a penalty from Ward-Prowse. A poor penalty but still saving one is of course not the first thought, so great credit to the Wales international.

From the point Leicester were 1-0 down they struggled, but still produced chances and coming out 2nd half with high hopes of getting this correctly, but again Kelechi Iheanacho missed goal with his header from a grand pass from Dennis Praet.

Praet came on for 2nd half and was played wide a bit out of position, but he did his job, later in the half Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi also were given their chances on behalf of Nampalys Mendy and Tetê.

Kelechi Iheanacho came close with a third massive chance, picking up a terrible pass from Southampton goalkeeper Bazunu, but his shot went wide and up in the stands, not a happy day for the Nigerian international.

Leicester kept the pressure towards the end and in the last seconds of the game Harry Souttar’s header hit the bar from a great James Maddison pass.

Today Leicester deserved a point and even should have picked up all three, looking at those great chances and that positive start and of course on the day Danny Ward also saving a penalty.

Leicester are in a massive battle and will play Chelsea next at home next Saturday.

  • Positives
    • James Maddison back in the starting line-up and hopefully fit to play on
    • Danny Ward saving a penalty
    • Dominating the game in play and showing the gap of quality, despite losing
  • Negatives
    • Again not able to use possession to their advantage
    • Missing clear chances, Kelechi Iheanacho must be ashamed
    • Not having a tall player up front to crack down opponents, why not pushing Souttar up in the final minutes
    • Players letting down their manager big time, they are not showing enough eager to win

Player Ratings: Ward 6, Pereira 5, Castagne 5, Faes 5, Souttar 6, Mendy 5, Maddison 6, Dewsbury-Hall 5, Tetê 4, Iheanacho 4, Barnes 5 Subs: Praet 6, Nididi, Vardy

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Danny Ward

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 35 / 65
  • Corners: 3 / 4
  • Shots on target: 5 / 0
  • Fouls: 12 / 11

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