Blackburn 1, Leicester 4, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Championship fixture

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A number of changes back to the likely line-up, but still missing Kasey McAteer, who has been brilliant so far, giving the starting position to Abdul Fatawu. Jamie Vardy as captain, having Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench.

The squad is so strong for this level that Leicester can in real play two different teams and still be competitive, having Patson Daka, Conor Coady and Harry Souttar also among the men on the bench.

Leicester took the lead early on putting pressure on Blackburn from a corner, Wout Faes scoring with a nice header after just 4 minutes.

Then just minutes later we did see the ugly side of Mads Hermansen’s goalkeeper quality, not able to be correct in his passing from the back, and then those errors can cost points, as Blackburn took advantage and scored after the fatal mistake were done after 9 minutes, 1-1. Hopefully the last time we will see this, makes a really nasty taste of Enzoball, hopefully being addressed and removed from the plan on paper.

There are still a lot to improve, but with so much quality in the team, you will get chances and again a very positive contribution and run from Wilfred Ndidi, finding Jamie Vardy with a perfect pass, the “good old man” Jamie Vardy placed his shot perfectly as Leicester took back the lead in the 28th minute.

Leicester kept the lead in the first half, but could have conceded early on 2nd half, and Blackburn pushed for an equalizer. Vestergaard and Faes kept a clean head and every attempt was blocked, but a bit chaotic at times.

Leicester having quality players on the bench, makes it easy to change the match picture, and in the 58th minute Enzo made his first change, bringing on Kasey McAteer for Abdul Fatawu. We had hoped for fantastic contribution from McAteer, but instead he had to leave the field 18 minutes later with an injury that looked serious and could keep the highly rated flank man out for a period of time.

Enzo brought on Casadei, Yunus, Choudhury and Iheanacho as the pressure continued and when Jannik Vestergaard was taken down inside the penalty box, nothing stopped Kelechi Iheanacho from scoring with a grand penalty taken.

A good block and fantastic work from Wilfred Ndidi and Yunus Akgun, put Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall through as his perfect flick found the net with Leicester scoring two goals in 6 minutes towards the end. The game was killed, and a massive victory taking Leicester to the top of the table, two points in front of Ipswich.

This game showed the quality of Leicester, Enzo having options and choices to make as the team looked better, bringing on good players from the bench. This will be pivotal going forward this quantity of quality looks to bring points to the bag. It will be interesting to see how Enzo will juggle his team for the two games vs. Preston and Stoke as more games comes thick and fast.

  • Positives
    • Scoring goals
    • Workrate and never say die attitude
    • Jannik Vestergaard blocks in own half, wins a penalty at the opposite, mom performance
    • Ndidi and Dewsbury-Hall are also massive today
    • Vardy scoring again, nice footwork
    • Yunus showing great skills when coming on, time to start him
  • Negatives
    • Too many back passes and sloppiness in own half
    • Making too many passes back and forward without any purpose
    • Hermansen distribution, looks very random and not part of a plan

Player Ratings: Hermansen 6, Pereira 6, Faes 7, Vestergaard 8, Justin 7, Nididi 7, Winks 6, Dewsbury-Hall 8, Fatawu 5, Mavididi 5, Vardy 6, Subs: McAteer, Iheanachu, Choudhury, Casadei, Yunus

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jannik Vestergaard

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 48 / 52
  • Shots on Target: 4 / 4
  • Corners: 5 / 6
  • Fouls: 8 / 14

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