Leicester City 4:2 Watford
City treated a sparse Walkers Stadium crowd, to a fantastic second half display against Watford on Saturday, perhaps adding to the frustration that they won’t be involved in the play-offs this May…
There were two changes from the defeat at Forest with Van Aanholt recalled to the defence and Yakubu and Kamara both withdrawn, Vassell playing as a lone striker.
The opening half hour saw a soporific, almost practice game tone, with both clubs having drifted out of contention for a play-off place.
Gallagher had forced a save from Loach from a free-kick, but that was about all, before Watford took a 28th minute lead. Slack work from Naughton saw him robbed in midfield by Sordell, who charged forward and cut inside Vitor, before curling a fine shot into the top right hand corner.
The visitors could have gone two up ten minutes later when Sordell headed over from a Vitor cross, but instead it was City who found the net five minutes before the break. Bruma strode forward in midfield and had time to line up a shot from almost 40 yards which beat Loach just inside the right hand post.
Sadly for City this didn’t mean that they went in level at the break. Neat footwork and a cool finish from Sordell saw the visitors retake the lead in the 41st minute.
Whatever Sven told his players at half time, it worked as City moved up a gear to completely turn the game round.
In the 62nd minute Yakubu, on for the injured Wellens, emerged from a three way collision involving Loach and Mariappa, with the ball at his feet. His carefully weighed first time effort found the net from an acute angle to level the game.
City took the lead for the first time in the 71st minute when Bruma produced another fine goal from disatnce. This was not as far out as his first, being a mere 30 yarder, but was better struck, arrowing past Loach into the top left hand corner.
Two minutes later the home fans were celebrating again as City wrapped up the three points. Yakubu nodded a ball through for King to contest with the keeper and followed up to profit from the loose ball, which he dinked over the grounded Loach and King and into an empty net.
The last big round of applause of th eafternoon came deep into injury time when Tunchev came on as sub after an agonisingly long injury lay-off… hopefully he will be able to make a longer contribution in the near furture.
Sven admitted: “We owed our fans something like that because they are excellent home and away. But I’m extremely proud and pleased with the players. They were perfect mentally, physically and technically. I have had a meeting with the owners before the game today and we have got started. There will probably be many meetings and, unfortunately, we can probably forget the Premier League this season. But we are going to start to look at what we need.”
Leicester: Weale, Vitor, Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, Bruma (Dyer 89), King, Abe, Wellens (Yakubu 45), Gallagher, Vassell (Tunchev 89). Subs Not Used: Berner,Moreno, Howard, Smith.
Watford: Loach, Doyley, Taylor (Bennett 88), Mariappa, Hodson, Eustace, Cowie, Mingoia (Drinkwater 82), Graham, Deeney, Weimann (Sordell 16). Subs Not Used: Massey, Thompson, Gilmartin, Buckley.
Referee: Anthony Bates (Staffs). Attendance:21,473.