Leicester City 3:1 Huddersfield Town
City came back from a goal down to beat Huddersfield 3-1 at the KPS on Saturday…
Claude Puel made three changes to the side that lost at Bournemouth, with Evans in for the suspended Morgan, Amartey replacing Ricardo and Iheanacho in for Gray.
But City got off to a slow start and soon found themselves behind to a Huddersfield side with only two points to their name. A Billing long throw from the right was nodded on by Depoitre and the ball dropped nicely for Jorgensen to stab it home from six yards.
This added to the gloom of drizzly day for a while, but City were level by the 19th minute. Town over-committed for a corner and City swiftly broke upfield. Maddison threaded a perfect ball through to Vardy who set up Iheanacho for a measured shot just inside the right hand post, giving Lössl no chance.
City ran proceedings after the equaliser and they should have gone further ahead in the 24th minute. After being fouled 25 yards out, Maddison opted for a delicate chip over the wall but the onrushing Vardy, who had peeled away from the wall, dragged his shot well wide of the left hand post.
In the 31st minute the lively front three combined again Maddison feeding Iheanacho who sent Vardy in on goal but his shot was straight at Lössl.
There was a growing sense of frustration with referee David Coote, who had booked Ndidi early in the game seemed reluctant to brandish the yellow card again when Durm grabbed hold of Maguire’s shirt like an avid souvenir hunter.
The much-fouled Maddison then picked himself up to deliver another free-kick, which Maguire got a head to, but didn’t test Lössl.
Just before the break Coote rediscovered his yellow card and waved it at Ghezzal, who was replaced by Gray for the second half.
City’s first chance after the break came from another Maddison free-kick, this time he sent a low shot round the wall into the side-netting.
The next came when Chilwell intercepted a pass and burst down the left, sending Vardy clear. His fierce shot looked like an attempt to put it through the keepers’ legs at the near post, but the gate was shut.
A Chilwell cross then found Iheanacho, but his first time effort went narrowly wide.
For all City’s dominance, Town should have regained their lead in the 62nd minute. Depoitre was sent clear on goal, but he took a little too long to line up his shot and Maguire nipped in at the last second to rob him.
Instead, it was City who went ahead in the 66th minute. As the ball was cleared from a corner Mendy was fouled 25 yards out. Maddison stepped up to give us another variation from his book of free-kicks. This time he somehow managed to get the ball over the wall and under the bar at pace, for a magnificent goal.
In the 75th minute City put the game beyond Huddersfield with a third goal.
With Town now chasing an equaliser, they were hit on the break, and Iheanacho played a well-weighted ball down the right that sent Vardy away. He outpaced Jorgensen into the area and then chipped the ball over Lössl as he rushed out to meet him.
Iheanacho was then given a warm reception as he was replaced by Albrighton.
Maddison was the next goalscorer to be replaced, by Okazaki in the 83rd minute, and he was given a standing ovation for his match-winning performance.
In time-added-on Okazaki fired a low 25-yarder but Lössl managed to tip it round the post.
Anything other than a win would have increased the pressure on Claude Puel, but City ended the day in 8th place in the Premier League.
The City boss commented: “I was not happy at the beginning of the game, to concede another first goal against Huddersfield. We didn’t panic and came back into the game. The first half wasn’t good enough, in the second half we made better use of the space, showed greater desire and the ability to score with fantastic finishing.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Mendy, Ghezzal (Gray 45), Iheanacho (Albrighton 77), Maddison (Okazaki 85), Vardy.
Substitutes: Ward, Ricardo, Adrien Silva, Fuchs.
Huddersfield: Lössl, Durm, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo (Pritchard 72), Löwe, Kachunga (Diakhaby 57), Mooy, Billing, van La Parra, Depoitre.
Substitutes: Hogg, Hamer, Mbenza, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.
Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 31,676.
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