Huddersfield Town 1:4 Leicester City
City won their fourth consecutive Premier League game with fine 4-1 win against relegated Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday…
Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Söyüncü in for the injured Evans, while Maguire was allowed some paternity leave.
City got off to a slow start, but for Barnes causing Town problems down the left, but their first chance arrived in the 18th minute. Söyüncü drove forward out of defence and fed Barnes, whose cross was blocked by Hamer. The rebound sat up for Maddison to shoot from close range but Hamer stopped it with his face.
With City getting into their stride Hogg was booked for pulling Maddison back, and then Gray forced a save from Hamer with a long range effort.
And they took a 24th minute lead leading from a corner. Maddison played the flag-kick to Vardy who didn’t connect properly, Morgan got a touch back to Tielemans who sent a dipping shot past a deceived Hamer from 22 yards.
Two minutes later City almost doubled their lead when Vardy wriggled through two challenges in the area but had the ball nipped away from him as he pulled the trigger. The loose ball fell for Gray who sent a hurried shot over the bar.
Maddison then broke clear on goal but Stankovic denied him with a last-ditch challenge.
The Terriers had a rare chance in the 33rd minute when Grant was tackled by Morgan, but Schmeichel had raced off his line and Pritchard attempted a lob into the empty goal.
Söyüncü recovered his ground well to head it way, applying a safety first attitude as it looked to be drifting just wide.
City had a couple more chances to increase their lead before the break, Tielemans testing Hamer with a 30 yarder, and Gray shooting at the keeper’s legs when he should have squared to a team-mate after a City break upfield.
Town threatened early in the second half when half time substitute Mbenza swung in a fine cross from the right, and Grant got a toe to it from six yards, but Schmeichel reacted brilliantly to parry it away.
A minute later City went 2-0 up. Gray fed Ricardo down the right and his perfect cross between keeper and defence found Vardy who swept it home at the far post.
His sixth in the six games since Claude Puel departed.
Any thoughts that the game was over were dispelled just three minutes later, when Huddersfield pulled a goal back in controversial circumstances. Söyüncü slipped on the turf as he was gathering a pass from Ndidi, he recovered to challenge Grant and appeared to have won the ball but referee David Coote pointed to the spot. Mooy sent Town’s first penalty of the season down the middle, with Schmeichel diving to his right.
City went close to restoring their two goal lead three minutes later. Barnes burst into the area and a clever back-heel set up Maddison for a shot on the turn, but Hamer’s finger-tips guided it inches wide of the far post.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change on the hour, bringing Okazaki on for Barnes.
Town were desperate to give their fans something to cheer about and had a decent spell, but substitute Mounie saw a fierce shot tipped away by Schmeichel.
City put the game beyond Town in the 78th minute with another superb Maddison free-kick. Vardy was hauled over by Hogg 25 yards out. Maddison delivered this one into the opposite corner to the one he scored at Burnley, catching Hamer out with a superb strike.
City got their fourth from the spot in the 84th minute. Great work from Maddison sent Vardy in on goal, but after he had rounded Hamer and shaped to score Kongolo ploughed into the back of him and there could be no argument.
Though Hamer did well to get a hand to Vardy’s spot kick he couldn’t keep it out.
This goal saw Vardy draw level with Gary Lineker in the club’s all-time goalscoring chart.
The league table doesn’t lie where Huddersfield are concerned, and it wasn’t quite a great performance from City, but it was another enjoyable afternoon under Brendan Rodgers from a youthful side that suggests a very bright future.
Rodgers singled out Söyüncü for special praise: “A special mention today to Cags, our centre half. He was only told this morning he was playing and that is testament to him.
I thought his performance, apart from a loose pass at the end when he was tired, was outstanding having not played for five months. He was very good and it was a very good team performance and to score four goals in the Premier League is never easy. They played very well and deserved the win.”
Huddersfield: Hamer, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Mooy, Hogg (Bacuna 81), Stankovic (Mbenza 45), Löwe, Pritchard (Mounie 60), Grant.
Substitutes: Kachunga, Coleman, Williams, Hadergjonaj.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi (Choudhury 87), Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Okazaki 61), Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Mendy, Fuchs, Ghezzal.
Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 24,126.
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