Peterborough United 1:5 Leicester City
Debutant Fousseni Diabate and Kelechi Iheanacho scored two goals apiece as City eased their way past Peterborough for an FA Cup fifth round place at London Road on Saturday…
Claude Puel made ten changes to his side, but this included the return of Simpson and Fuchs to the full back positions, and Silva and Iborra in midfield, so it was still a strong-looking line-up. And it quickly proved to be too much for Posh to handle as the game kicked off in swirling rain.
City were in control from early on, and took a 9th minute lead. Silva fed a ball into the area and Diabate motored past two defenders before poking the ball across Bond and in at the far post.
Three minutes later the large travelling support was celebrating again as City went further ahead. Iheanacho seized on a misplaced pass from Forrester, strode forward and curled a precise 18-yard curler just inside the left hand post.
City’s dominance continued and they extended the lead to 3-0 in the 29th minute with a superb goal. Fuchs swung in a perfect cross from the left and Iheanacho met it on the volley from 8 yards.
With the game surely beyond their reach, Posh had an attacking spell just before the break. Their best chance came when Da Silva Lopes crossed from the right, Marriott got his head to it, and Lloyd attempted to reach the ball at the far post, but succeeded only in crashing neck-first into the woodwork.
Whatever Peterborough boss Grant McCann said to his team at half time, it worked, and they started the second half with much more attacking intent. The home crowd, largely silent in the first half, also came to life, and City had some defending to do.
In the 58th minute City’s defence was breached for the first time in 2018 as Posh pulled a goal back. A corner from the right saw Taylor winning a challenge with Benalouane, and the ball dropped for Hughes who hit a shot on the turn that deflected past Hamer.
With Posh now fired up and in search of a second goal Claude Puel made a couple of changes, bringing Albrighton and Ndidi on for Iborra and Barnes.
This restored City’s control of the game almost immediately, Diabate forced a good save from Bond and Gray had a shot deflected wide. Then Gray sent a shot straight at Bond before Albrighton blasted one narrowly over the bar.
A few more pot shots followed, before City added a fourth in the 87th minute.
Gray ran 30 yards down the middle before firing a low shot that Bond parried away, but only into the path of Diabate, who finished well from a tight angle.
Peterborough had the ball in the net in the 90th minute with a good strike from Marias, but the linesman’s flag denied them that consolation.
City made it 5-1 in the final action of the game. Diabate rounded off a hugely impressive debut, zipping past two markers on the right and cutting a ball back for Ndidi to net from 12 yards.
Claude Puel commented on his much-changed line-up: “It was important to give them game time so they could show their quality for the future, I think all these young players will become the future of Leicester. I am responsible. I think it is important to keep ambition in the club because this is an objective for us, but we need to improve the squad and give them strength by using all the players, all the talented young players. Sometimes there is a risk. It is important to give all the squad strength. If we cannot give game time to young players they cannot take confidence, they cannot improve and they cannot progress.”
Peterborough: Bond, Shephard, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Forrester, Grant, Maddison (Borg 89), Da Silva Lopes (Morias 61), Lloyd-McGoldrick (Kanu 80), Marriott.
Substitutes: Baldwin, Penny, Doughty, O’Malley.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Benalouane, Maguire, Fuchs, Silva, Iborra (Albrighton 65), Diabaté, Barnes (Ndidi 64), Gray, Iheanacho (Chilwell 80).
Substitutes: Huth, Vardy, Jakupovic, Mahrez.
Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 13,193.
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