Enzo Maresca obviously made changes to the starting line-up from the weekend, but also kept key players, to understand the task in front and having controll in his selection, to avoid a banana skin.
Ndidi, Winks, Doyle and Faes were the four players left from the game vs. Coventry, giving starts to Albrighton, Justin, Iheanacho, Madivadua, Stolarczyk, Praet and Choudhury in a 3-4-2-1 set up.
Choudhury fell down in between Winks and the defenders, giving space to Ndidi going forward, as well as having Madivadua up on the flank, supporting Iheanacho, finding Albrighton a little bit lower in the opposite flank.
Leicester controlled the ball with massive possession, 75%. Leicester and Iheanacho scored first after just 6 minutes and the distribution of the ball looked tight and steady, Marc Albrighton assisting the Nigerian international with a clever pass inside the box. The goal itself was a beauty being flicked with the backfoot into the goal.
Leicester kept possession without stressing the runs forward. A lively Madivadua being the player that created most of the disturbance for Burton, as they kept their team composed. Then in stoppage time of first half, Kelechi Iheanacho made a great run forward and instead of shooting, found Wilfred Nididi with a clever backpass, Ndidi scored with a well placed shot from distance, 2-0.
2nd half became something of a transport, and the ball was passed around without really making much penetration and going for the third goal, with the The Brewers just looking for that one oppertunity to steal the ball and get that goal that would give the game a bit of life again, but in some way, they did not manage much.
Just as the game was coming to a close, you had a sloppy pass that ended in Burton getting a corner, and also giving Jacub Stolarczyk a test, being totally out of place, but sub Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall managed to get the ball out with a clever header.
This was another positive experience, with a few slip up’s that shows that the project still needs to be worked on. Penetration was again at a minimum with all the possession. Ricardo Pereira and Kasey McAteer were also given minutes coming of the bench, togehter as did KDH.
Leicester are through to the 2nd round, and will play away, against their 2000 final opponent, Tranmere. 2nd round will be played on the 30th or 31st of August.
- Possession, 75%, shows grand domination
- Scoring esrly, took 6 minutes to find the net
- Iheanacho and Ndidi on the scoresheet
- Consentration good as the penetration still looks too limited
- Stolarczyk keeping a clean sheet on his Leicester debut
- James Justin back in a game from start, he did well
- Getting the core group of the team
- To much play in your own half, little penetration and very few chances created
- Doing silly mistakes towards the end of the game, Choudhury and Faes not on their toes
- Should have created more, 4 or 5 goals as a minimum
Player Ratings: Stolarczyk 6, Justin 6, Doyle 6, Choudhury 6, Faes 6, Winks 6, Madivadua 6, Iheanacho 7, Preat 6, Albrighton 7, Ndidi 6 Subs: Pereira, Dewsbury-Hall, McAteer
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Kelechi Iheanacho
Match Stats (H/A)
- Possession: 25 / 75
- Shots on Target: 0 / 3
- Corners: 7 / 5
- Fouls: 13 / 3