Games come tick and fast at this point and to see Enzo Maresca making changes is no surprise, but to make five from the 4-1 win away to Southampton was more than expected.
Cesare Casadei, Hamza Choudhury, Yunus Akgun, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wout Faes were all new faces from the previous starting line-up. leaving out Jamie Vardy, James Justin, Ricardo Pereira, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi.
Leicester came out in a positive and hard working style, pressing Norwich to their limits, but few chances and also seeing Norwich being in positive play to try to score.
Leicester pushed for chances and it looked well organised and having Yunus in there can be exciting going forward, watching him play in the James Maddison role, he will be a weapon going forward, being a riddle for Norwich defenders as they kept holding his shirt to get him silent.
Hamza Choudhury also had a good day at the office, being solid and showing he can cope with the job of Ricardo Pereira, being a natural to join in midfield, probably giving Harry Winks a better chance to get higher in the field and contribute more.
As we came close to the end of first half, Stephy Mavididi was taken down in the Norwich penalty area, and a penalty rewarded, later converted by Kelechi Ihenacho, Leicester were 1-0 up at half time.
Enzo Maresca decided to make two early changes in 2nd half, bringing on Kiernan Dewsbury -Hall and Wilfred Ndidi for Cesare Casadei and Yunus Akgun. And still Leicester had troubles to get momentum, with Norwich the better team putting pressure on Leicester.
New changes came as Jamie Vardy making his entrance replacing Kelechi Iheanacho after 68 minutes, and he had his chances to score as well as building up the chance that finally put the game to bed in the 87th minute. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall made the pass to Kasey McAteer that scored on open goal, a real beauty of an attacking display.
Despite getting that 2-0 goal and keeping a clean sheet, Leicester were lucky at times, looking to have a competition going on, counting how many passes they can do on their own half, before it all goes wrong, it was hopeless to watch all of this nonsence going on, and late in stoppage time it could all have gone wrong with Mads Hermansen almost losing the grip, but luckily nothing happened.
It was again a game of many different phases and Leicester could have dominated more and tried to push more forward, using their breakdown options more in midfield, play forward instead of passing the ball back to Mads Hermansen, it’s boring to watch and have no value, when you in the end have to play a long ball to the oppostion instead.
Three more points in the bag, and with the squad Enzo Maresca have to his disposal, it looks as if he will be able to keep Leicester in the promotion race, but still this game showed that Leicester are far from dominant.
- Effective finishing and scoring two goals
- A good first half, postive play
- 2nd half goal of course a plus
- Kasey McAteer again playing a good game, man of the match
- Yunus Akgun will be interesting to follow going forward, he will turn good
- Rotation needed, good to see it work and ending in a win
- The back passing, not using the chances of going forward and bring the game to bed
- Enzo needs to understand the qualities he possess, and encourage attacking more
- Patson Daka must also get his minutes, a £20million forward needs game time
Player Ratings: Hermansen 7, Choudhury 7, Doyle 6, Vestergaard 7, Faes 6, Winks 7, Casadei 5, Mavididi 7, Yunus 6, McAteer 8, Iheanacho 7 Subs: Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Justin, Vardy, Fatawu
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Kasey McAteer
Match Stats (H/A)
- Possession: 43 / 57
- Shots on Target: 2 / 3
- Corners: 10 / 1
- Fouls: 14 / 15