Leicester 0, Leeds 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Championship fixture

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Leicester manager Enzo Maresca had decided on a line-up we all could have guessed before kick-off, and it looks settled and good after the first minutes. Wout Faes was back in the team, instead of Conor Coady, who must feel frustrated at this time, making a move to Leicester, having an idea of being one of the main men.

We all know the quality of the Leeds team and their recent form told a story of prorgress, goals and several players getting to know each other better, being 3rd in the table.

Daniel Farke had learned his lesson and the way to stop Leicester’s power play from the back is to stress the goalkeeper and go high in the field with more players and not give Leicester the space needed to play it through midfield and open up space, especially having an eye on Harry Winks, not really very difficult .

Then when you also have attacking quality options such as Summerville, Piroe and Rutter, you have what it takes to disturb Leicester’s rythm with counter attack. A massive shot from Abdul Fatawu hit the bar late on in hte first half, Leeds on the other hand came close with a number of attempts saved by Mad Hermansen.

First half ended 0-0 with the belief that Leicester had the upper hand and could turn this in their direction.

Coming out 2nd half Leeds put pressure on Leicester from start, and it was sad to see how they really pushed for a goal with Hermansen being solid, but still in the 58th minute it was all over after a double, first saved by the Leicester goalkeeper, then Rutter from close range just pushed the ball over the line and Leeds were 1-0 up.

Abdul Fatawu and Stephy Mavididi both tried from the flanks and took on the Leeds defenders, but the end product never found anyone inside the penalty area, with a very quiet Jamie Vardy not really taking part in the game, something that must be addressed as his presence looks to be forgotten.

Leicester pushed for a goal, but their unwillingness to put even harder pressure on the Leeds defence, playing the ball too much backwards and having little or no offensive plan, made it easy for Leeds to controll and even at times getting heavy chances to go up to 2-0. Good tackles from Hamza Choudhury and Wout Faes stopped them.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall thought he had equalized for Leicester in the last minutes of stoppage time, but a great save from Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier stopped the attempt.

We cannot win them all, and yesterday we feel Leeds were the better team, with also errors done from the bench, not using the subs in full strength, just giving minutes to Hamza Choudhury and Kelechi Iheanacho and the effect never changed the game

  • Positives
    • Producing enough to get at least a draw
    • Matawu hopefully will continue his progress with him and Mavididi showing exciting form
    • Pereira doing a grand job, and having a lot of positives
  • Negatives
    • Casadei, KDH and Vardy never came up to a standard needed to win this football game
    • Not really pushing Leeds enough to hurt them as too many balls are played backwards
    • Not using the subs bench in full, getting it all wrong
    • Leeds getting the upper hand too easy, just pushing players up to attack and plan B is not there
    • Again possession of more than 66%, but most of it is in your own half or in the middle of the field

Player Ratings: Hermansen 6, Justin 5, Faes 6, Vestergaard 6, Pereira 7, Casadei 4, Winks 6, Dewsbury-Hall 6, Fatawu 7, Vardy 4, Mavididi 7, Subs: Choudhury, Iheanacho

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Abdul Fatawu

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 66 / 34
  • Shots on Target: 1 / 6
  • Corners: 7 / 6
  • Fouls: 6 / 8

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