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Late own goal seals win for Leicester at Newcastle

Newcastle United 2:3 Leicester City

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An 86th minute own goal from Pérez settled a scrappy but entertaining game 3-2 in City’s favour at St James Park on Saturday evening.

Claude Puel sent an unchanged side out, but Newcastle’s 125th Anniversary game soon saw them a goal up.
City had a disjointed start to the game and were caught cold in the 4th minute. Murphy sent Gayle down the left, and he had plenty of room to cut the ball back for Joselu, whose late run into the area set him up for an easy side-foot home from ten yards.
Two minutes later, with City still looking unsettled, Gayle fired a 20 yard shot narrowly side.
City then got their act together and began to press forward. In the 9th minute Gray latched onto a Mahrez back pass and forced Darlow into a near post block.
A minute later Chilwell had a cross blocked by the raised arm of Ritchie but there were few appeals for what looked like a clear penalty.
As City continued to take the game to the home side, Ndidi dragged a shot well wide and Gray went much closer with a curling 25 yarder.
City levelled matters in the 20th minute. Mahrez went on a crossfield run before launching a 25 yarder across Darlow. Although the United keeper got a hand to it he couldn’t prevent it from finding the net.
City were bossing the game now and Albrighton forced Darlow into a fine save from a 25 yarder. Gray then curled in a cross from the left but Simpson couldn’t produce a finish at full-stretch and sent it wide.
In the 28th minute Vardy’s run down the middle looked to have taken him clear of the Magpie’s defence, but Yedlin managed to stick out a leg and deny him with a last-ditch tackle.
Newcastle got back into the game towards the break and a careless pass across defence from Chilwell set up Murphy, whose shot was turned away by Schmeichel.
The City keeper also had to save a Ritchie free-kick before the sides went in even at the break.

City also had a faltering start to the second period with little action apart from Ndidi flooring both Merino and Hayden within a couple of seconds.
But the game burst into life on the hour, with City taking the lead thanks to a lovely move and a slice of fortune. Mahrez found Albrighton on the left with a forty yard pass and he played a delicate cushioned volley inside for Gray, who fired in a shot that took a deflection off Lejeune’s backside that left Darlow stranded.
City were back on top now and Darlow did well to parry a low Mahrez cross away from danger.
But it was Newcastle who were next on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute.
City failed to clear a corner out of the area, not helped by Maguire and Simpson clashing heads, and the ball fell for Gayle who made room for himself before finding the net via a deflection off Maguire.
Claude Puel made his first change after the equaliser, bring Okazaki on for Gray. The Japan international was soon in need of attention, having launched himself head first into a challenge, receiving a kick in the face that gave him a cut above the left eye.
Okazaki was also involved in the 86th minute winner. With the game end-to-end, City broke upfield, Vardy shrugged off a challenge on the left and delivered a cross to an unmarked Okazaki in front of goal. The heavily bandaged striker looked set to score the winner when Pérez poked the ball away from him from behind, but unfortunately for Newcastle, he also sent it past Darlow and into the net.
City killed the game off , with substitutions – Ulloa and Fuchs on for Vardy and Mahrez – and taking the game into the corner, and saw out the win that saw them move up to 8th  place.
It was a great result from a patchy performance, as Claude Puel admitted: 
“It was a fantastic character from my team. It was a difficult atmosphere, we knew this. Also, they were leading but to win in the end is a fantastic feeling. It was a difficult game against a good team. It showed the fantastic spirit of the team, and so did the third goal. It is not our best game but this positive attitude was fantastic.”

Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy, (Pérez 71), Joselu, (Mitrovic 88), Gayle.
Substitutes: Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diamé.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 89), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 73), Vardy (Ulloa 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic.
Referee: N Swarbrick Attendance: 52,117.

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Leicester edge out Burnley with early Gray goal

Leicester City 1:0 Burnley

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A brave goal from Gray proved to be the difference as a hard fought contest saw City beat Burnley 1-0 at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made one change to his side with Okazaki making way for Gray, and this paid off after just six minutes.
The newly-blond Mahrez swung in a dangerous cross from the right, Pope dived to get a hand to it, but Gray was running in at the far post to slide it home.
Gray collided heavily with the woodwork, but was okay to continue after a spell of treatment.

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Burnley soon had a chance of their own after the restart, but former City’s striker Wood’s first touch was too heavy and Schmeichel raced out to block, with Simpson on hand to clear the loose ball.
Burnley were on top at this stage: Tarkowski headed wide from a corner and Gudmundsson forced a save from Schmeichel as Sean Dyche’s side looked to continue their excellent start to the season.
After a series of Burnley corners, the Clarets then suffered a set-back in the 27th minute.
The impressive Brady evaded a couple of challenges on the edge of the penalty area before Maguire halted his progress as he was about to shoot. It looked as though Brady had gone over the top as both players writhed in pain, and referee Paul Tierney took the yellow card out, but re-pocketed it when the serious extent of Brady’s injury became apparent. The Ireland international was stretchered off and taken to hospital, but Maguire recovered.
After this incident, the tide turned and City were on top up to the break. Mahrez capped a good run with fierce 20 yard shot, but it was too close to Pope to cause him much trouble.
Chances were rare, however, and City took a slim 1-0 lead in with them at the break.

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The second half saw an improved performance from City.
Chilwell connected well with a 30 yarder that flew just wide, while Pope had to stretch to tip away a Mahrez free-kick.
Morgan then had a gilt-edged chance to score, but showing the predatory instincts of a centre-half he failed to connect properly with a low cross from close range and Pope blocked, the loose ball being cleared off the goal-line.
Burnley still looked dangerous on the break and, on the hour, Gudmundsson looked to be clear in on goal, but Morgan managed to keep pace with him, hampering him enough for Schmeichel to save his shot.
At the other end, Albrighton motored down the left, before cutting in and firing a shot into the side-netting.
Two minutes later City came even closer, as Ndidi pulled a ball back for Gray to fire across goal, but it hit the far post.
Vardy tested Pope with a back heel from a Chilwell cross, but City couldn’t add to their tally for all their dominance in the second half.
Okazaki replaced Gray as the clock ran down and gave City some added energy, though Burnley threatened in time added on when a dangerous Gudmundsson cross was deflected straight in Schmeichel’s arms.

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Mahrez had one more shot saved by Pope, before the final whistle heralded another victory for Claude Puel’s side.

The City boss commented: “It has been a good week, but what was most important was that we continued our hard work. It was a difficult game against this team who were sixth in the table. I am very happy with our second half, for example. We had a lot of chances, but perhaps we needed to be more clinical. Now it is important to continue this work. There is a long way to go, but we need to continue to improve.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi,
Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 88), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic, Ulloa, Fuchs.
Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Berg Gudmundsson, Defour (Barnes 66), Cork, Brady (Arfield 31), Hendrick, Wood (Vokes 74). Substitutes: Taylor, Westwood, Lindegaard, Long.

Referee: P Tierney. Attendance: 30,714.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester see off Spurs with world class finishing

Leicester City 2:1 Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

A superb display from City, and two brilliant strikes from Vardy and Mahrez, earned a 2-1 victory against Spurs at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Claude Puel made two changes to his starting line-up, with Chilwell in for Fuchs – on paternity leave – and Okazaki replacing Gray.
It was high-tempo stuff right from the start. with City pressing forward early on before Tottenham settled. Schmeichel dithered over a back-pass but just managed to clear with Kane almost robbing him of the ball.
Vardy chased a through ball but Lloris raced out to sweep up and Ndidi then connected well with a shot, but the Spurs keeper was comfortably behind it.
Morgan went close with a header from a corner but it was cleared from near the goal-line, and Tottenham then threatened when Rose found room down the left, but his low cross into the six yard box was well blocked by Morgan.
City took the lead in spectacular fashion in the 13th minute. Albrighton’s looping cross from the left was chased by Vardy, who allowed it to drop over his shoulder before deftly flicking it over Lloris. Having suffered taunts from the Spurs fans about his wife’s appearance in the Australian jungle, he then went over to celebrate in the visitor’s corner.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Tottenham came close to levelling in the 17th minute when Kane sent Sissoko in on goal, but Schmeichel blocked the shot with his legs and Iborra cleared as the loose ball looped towards the net.
As Spurs pressed forward again Kane twisted and turned in the area, making room for a shot, but his attempted curler into the top corner went high and wide.
Ndidi then attempted another shot from the edge of the area, but missed the left hand post by a few yards.
In the 32nd minute Kane set up Alli for a gilt-edged chance, but his shot from 16 yards lacked pace and Schmeichel saved.
At the other end, Morgan headed over from a Mahrez free kick and Rose blocked a low Vardy cross from the left.
With half-time approaching, City’s recent habit of conceding just before the break hung over the ground, but City did better than holding the lead, they doubled it.
Mahrez cut in from the right wing and accelerated towards the penalty area, before placing a beautiful shot into the top left hand corner.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Tottenham dominated posession in the second half, but City looked dangerous on the break.
Kane swept a shot across goal that went well wide, before Okazaki got too much on a header from a fine Albrighton cross and sent it over the bar.
Spurs continued to create, and miss chances. Sanchez headed well wide under no pressure and then Eriksen then produced a woeful shot with the goal at his mercy inside the six yard box.
But a nervy end to the game was ensured when Spurs finally found the net in the 78th minute. Lamela threaded a ball through to Kane who lashed a right-footer into the top right hand corner from 8 yards.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

It was backs-to-the-wall stuff for City now and Claude Puel introduced the fresh legs of Choudhury for Okazaki.
Spurs turned up the pressure and Aurier delivered a superb cross from the right but Llorente blazed it over at the far post.
Hearts were in mouths late into added time when Rose went down in the area after an Ndidi challenge, but referee Anthony Taylor waved play-on, to huge relief.
Soon after that he blew for time and a huge roar celebrated a fine result.
It had been a fantastic team performance, but a special mention has to go to Iborra who made City tick with his Man of the Match display in midfield.

Claude Puel summed up the win that took City up to 9th place: “I would say it is the best performance so far. There are encouraging signs going forward. The goals were fantastic, but not just the goals. The quality with the ball was good as well. It was difficult against a good team to keep this result but I think the team worked hard for each other with solidarity and desire and it was a fantastic game for us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Gray 77), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki (Choudhury 83), Vardy (Slimani 88).
Substitutes: King, Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey.
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Sissoko (Son Heung-min 57), Dembélé (Llorente 69), Eriksen (Lamela 77), Rose, Kane, Alli.
Substitutes: Trippier, Vorm, Foyth, Davies.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 31,950.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester have to be content with a point at Stoke

Stoke City 2:2 Leicester City

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League

City took the lead twice at the Bet365 Stadium in Saturday’s early kick off, but were denied three points by a Peter Crouch header…

Claude Puel made one enforced change to his line-up, with Chilwell injured and Okazaki regaining his starting place.
There was a pre-match Remembrance Day parade featuring a ball used by soldiers during the Battle of the Somme.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League

The game kicked off, or at least the ref blew his whistle. In a strange opening few minutes Stoke sat very deep, while City passed the ball amongst themselves.
The first chance came in the 11th minute  when Gray beat Zouma on the left and delivered a low cross which Vardy met at the near post, but Wimmer was on hand to block his effort.
Stoke then ventured upfield but Shaqiri pulled his shot well wide.
In the 20th minute Gray, faced with two defenders, chipped a nine iron over them to the far post, but it just eluded Okazaki, who picked up a knock from Butland.
There was another injury two minutes later when referee Bobby Madley pulled a calf muscle and was replaced by our old friend Jon Moss.
The game opened up after this and Stoke should have gone ahead in the 28th minute. The home side broke upfield and Choupo-Moting ran clear and side-stepped Maguire but sent his shot too close to Schmeichel who got down smartly to turn it away.
City then enjoyed their best spell of the game and took a 33rd minute lead. Following  a series of corners, the final one bore fruit. Mahrez delivered from the right, Maguire rose to nod it back across goal and Iborra pounced to blast a shot that Butland got a glove to, but couldn’t keep out.
Three minutes later Mahrez burst down the left, but hesitated in delivering a cross to Vardy, screaming for the ball in the middle, and Zouma snuffed the threat out.
From the resulting corner City almost replicated their goal, this time Gray sent it over from the left, Maguire nodded down again , but Iborra’s shot was blocked.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League

City were on fire now, Gray beat Zouma down the left and his low cross was met with a header into the ground from Okazaki 6 yards, but Butland showed fine reactions to palm it over.
Moments later Gray delivered a cross from the right, but Iborra headed over, unmarked, from ten yards out.
This fantastic passage of play then ended with a Stoke goal. City’s defence were caught on the hop, and a fine ball from Choupo-Moting sent Shaqiri down the right channel to curl a precise shot round Schmeichel.
City pushed forward again, looking to regain the lead, and a cross from Okazaki was acrobatically vollied narrowly over his own bar by Diouf.
Stoke ended the half well, with Schmichel having to guide a 20 yarder from Shaqiri round the post, but City were left rueing those missed chances during a purple patch that could have put the game to bed.

Stoke had the first chance after the break, when Schmeichel did well to hold on to an Allen cross that deflected goalwards.
Mahrez then fired in a 30 yard shot that moved deceptively in the air, leaving Butland grateful to help it over the bar.
Mahrez then jinked through a crowded area before sending a low shot across goal that went just the wrong side of the far post.
Claude Puel made his first change on the hour bringing Iheanacho on for Okazaki, and City regained the lead within a minute.
Ndidi fed Mahrez down the right, and he accelerated away from the challenge of  Pieters before cutting in towards goal and firing a snap shot home across Butland with the defence expecting a cross.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League

Iborra then limped out of the action to be replaced by King.
Stoke ramped up the pressure in search of an equaliser and Zouma fired a fierce shot straight at Schmeichel.
The home side levelled matters in the 73rd minute when substitute Crouch barged past Fuchs to meet a Shaqiri corner with a thumping header.
City should have regained the lead five minutes later when Iheanacho sent Vardy into the area. Vardy’s dummy sent Shawcross into the car park, but he then screwed his shot wide of the right hand post.
Stoke were on top for a spell and Puel brought Albrighton on for Gray with ten minutes remaining. But City still looked dangerous on the break – Iheanacho had the ball in the net in the 87th minute, but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.
There was one heart-stopping moment in time-added-on when Zouma’s close range header from a corner was brilliantly saved by Schmeichel, but both teams had to be content with a point from a game that had started slowly, but then turned into a hugely entertaining encounter.

Claude Puel commented: “I am happy with the attitude of my players, because it was a very good game, with intensity, with passion, with fight and it was very interesting. We had a lot of chances today, it’s difficult to accept just one point, but we also saw Kasper save well at the end so then OK, we take a point. We can make the situation better, the first and second goal we can prevent this. I think it’s an encouraging game for us for the future.”

Stoke: Butland, Zouma, Shawcross, Wimmer, Diouf (Berahino 86), Fletcher, Allen, Pieters, Shaqiri, Sobhi Crouch 69), Choupo-Moting. Substitutes: Jesé, Afellay, Martins Indi, Adam, Grant.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Iborra (King 66), Ndidi, Gray (Albrighton 80), Okazaki (Iheanacho 58),Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Slimani.
Referee: R Madley (J Moss). Attendance: 29,602.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester overcome Leeds for a quarter final place

Leicester City 3:1 Leeds United

Leicester City v Leeds United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

Michael Appleton’s winning start continued at the KPS on Tuesday night, with City coming back from a goal down against Leeds to claim a place in Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Appleton made eight changes to the side that started at Swansea, while Leeds fielded just one player from their last line-up, with a game against Sheffield United looming on Friday.
But it was the Championship side who got off to the better start and great move down the right ended with Grot firing in a shot that Hamer blocked at the near post.
Roofe tested Hamer with another effort, as City struggled to keep pace with an energetic Leeds, and then the visitors took a 26th minute lead. Roofe cut in from the right and fed the ball to Hernández, who side-stepped two blue shirts before finding the top right hand corner with a fine shot.

Leicester City v Leeds United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

Going a goal down had the immediate effect of waking City up, and they were level within four minutes. A long diagonal ball from Albrighton on the right saw Slimani and Wiedwald challenging on the penalty spot. The Leeds keeper got the first touch but succeeded only in setting up Iheanacho, who found the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards.
The tide had turned now, and Gray twice went close to putting City ahead before the break, one shot going narrowly wide and another thumping the crossbar.

Leicester City v Leeds United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

City dominated the second half, with a fine display from Amartey at right back and Iborra pulling the strings in midfield, but several golden chances to go in front were wasted. Gray missed the target when well placed, then King scooped an effort over the bar after being nicely teed up by Slimani. Slimani himself then headed over from close range with the goal at his mercy.
Michael Appleton brought Mahrez on for Albrighton in the 65th minute, and he had a hand in City’s goal five minutes later. A neat turn and pass found Iborra who stabbed the ball into the left channel for Iheanacho, whose square ball across the six yard line found Slimani sliding in to put City ahead.
Leeds then had a spell of pressure, but Hamer dealt with several crosses into his area.
City finally put the game to bed in the 88th minute with a bit of Mahrez magic.
he received the ball on the right touchline, cut in, accelerated past his marker and placed a precise shot from the edge of the area just inside the left hand post.

Leicester City v Leeds United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

The manager with a 100% record commented: “It’s been a difficult week, It certainly would have been a lot worse and tougher had we not won the last two games. We’ve tried to stay in a positive frame of mind and stay professional and prepare properly, and I think the two performances suggest that’s been the case.”

The Carabao Cup quarter-final draw takes place on Thursday at 4pm, via Twitter.

Leicester: Hamer. Iborra, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton (Mahrez 65), Amartey, King, Gray, Iheanacho (Vardy 81), Slimani. Substitutes: Musa, Jakupovic, Ulloa, Ndidi, Fuchs.
Leeds: Wiedwald, Anita, Jansson, Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson (Ayling 45), Phillips (Vieira 72), Klich, Roofe, Grot, Hernández, Cibicki (Sacko 65). Substitutes: Lonergan, Pennington, Lasogga, Alioski.
Referee: L Probert. Attendance: 31,516.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Appleton steers Leicester to victory at Swansea

Swansea City 1:2 Leicester City

Swansea City v Leicester City, Premier League, 21 October 2017

Caretaker manager Michael Appleton led City to a fine 2-1 win against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday…

Appleton made one change to Craig Shakespeare’s final starting line-up, bringing Okazaki in for Iheanacho, as City took on the Swans on a wet and windy afternoon in South Wales.

Swansea City v Leicester City, Premier League, 21 October 2017

And the side immediately looked more positive than they had in recent weeks, with Okazaki’s glancing header forcing Fabianski into a save in the first minute.
The Swansea keeper was called into action again in the 9th minute, when Okazaki teed up Albrighton for a shot that was tipped over the bar.
City were dealing well with Swansea attacks and looking lively up front, and Fabianski made further saves from a Vardy shot and and an off-the-shoulder effort from Ndidi.
City underlined their superiority, taking the lead in the 25th minute. Mahrez retrieved the ball from the goal line, and the home side appeared to switch off, expecting a goal kick. The Algerian international delivered a dangerous cross from the left and Fernandez sent a diving header across Fabianski and into the net.
Swansea had a decent spell after falling behind, and a Narsingh cross deflected off Simpson but was claimed by Schmeichel at the foot of the post.
Despite a series of corners, the Swans failed to trouble City, who took their lead in with them at the break.

Swansea City v Leicester City, Premier League, 21 October 2017

Four minutes into the second half, City doubled their lead with Okazaki getting the reward for his huge efforts.
Albrighton swung over a ball to pick out Mahrez on the edge of the six yard box, again the Swans defence hesitated appealing for offside, and Mahrez cushioned a pass for Okazaki to stab home from close in.
City’s two goal lead only lasted until the 56th minute, however.
A poor corner from the left by Renato Sanches was turned into a good one by Ayew’s back heel, and it found Mawson, whose shot on the turn found the bottom right hand corner.
Swansea had their tails up for a while, but rarely threatened Schmeichel’s goal, with an off target header from Abraham, and a long range effort from Naughton that flew well over.
King replaced Okazaki in the 68th minute as Appleton shored up a midfield that had seen a fantastic performance from Iborra, now finding his feet in the Premier League.

Swansea City v Leicester City, Premier League, 21 October 2017

City could have wrapped things up with fifteen minutes left, but Vardy was denied by Fabianski in a one-on-one chance.
Swansea pressed forward with increasing desperation, but didn’t create any clear cut chances, a Routledge shot into the side-netting being the closest they came.
So the final whistle saw City’s second win of the season and a leapfrog out of the relegation zone up to 13th place.
It had been a hugely encouraging display, with some superb moments from Mahrez, solid defending, and effective attacking on the break.
The fans who had made the long trip in the face of ‘Storm Brian’ celebrated victory, though a ‘RUDKIN OUT’ banner reflected what some of them thought about recent events at the club.
Michael Appleton commented: “It’s been a difficult week for everyone – especially myself because of my relationship with Craig. This was an opportunity to put on a performance and make people feel a bit better. I was pleased with the first half – the way we moved the ball and went forward. And even when we conceded a sloppy goal, the way we saw out the game was very good.” 

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Renato Sanches (Routledge 78), Britton (Ki Sung-yueng 45), Carroll, Narsingh (Dyer 56), Abraham, Ayew. Substitutes: van der Hoorn, Nordfeldt, Clucas, Rangel.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 87), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki (King 68), Vardy. Substitutes: Chilwell, Iheanacho, Hamer, Amartey, Slimani.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 20,521.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Mahrez rescues a point against West Brom

Leicester City 1:1 West Bromwich Albion

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

City managed to scrape a point from a poor performance against an obstinate West Brom at the King Power on Monday night.

A win would have taken City out of the relegation zone, but Albion haven’t lost a game at Leicester since 1994, and from the first whistle their defensive intentions were clear.
A deep lying back four snuffed out City’s main threat of the swift break upfield, and faced with nine defenders there was plenty of sideways passing and no way through.
Okazaki had been dropped in favour of Iheanacho, and his energy was missed.
Vardy made two early runs down the left, Hegazi chopped him down to end the first one, and then put a hand in his face for the second, earning a 7th minute yellow card.
The resulting free-kick from Mahrez flew across the goalmouth, but no one was on hand to get a touch.
The rest of the half consisted of City trying and failing to get past the wall of white shirts, with Albion not interested in moving forward.
City’s best chance arrived in the 35th minute when a headed clearance from Hegazi fell for Simpson to let fly with a fierce half volley, but Myhill reacted well to bat it away.
Two minutes before the break, Iborra hit a shot into the ground and it looped up towards Vardy at the far post, but he couldn’t direct his header downwards and cleared the bar.
Mike Dean’s whistle then drew a veil over a truly woeful first half.

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The second half started with a bang when Vardy and Myhill both raced towards an underhit back pass. They collided a yard outside the area and Myhill was yellow carded while receiving treatment.
Mahrez’s free-kick was half-cleared and the ball fell for Maguire at the far post, but a defending boot blocked his goal-bound header.
City should have taken a 50th minute lead when Albrighton surged down and left and cut in before teeing up an unmarked Mahrez, who scooped his effort over the bar from ten yards.
Myhill then received lenghty treatment as he continued to struggle after his collision with Vardy.
In the 62nd minute, the team that had come for a draw contrived to go ahead.
Iheanacho fouled Krychowiak 35 yards out and was harshly booked.
Chadli lifted the ball over the wall, and Schmeichel, wrong-footed and unsighted could only watch it sail into the net.
City huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, but made little impression on an even more withdrawn Albion, failing to test a clearly struggling Myhill.
Criag Shakepeare made his first changes in the 74th minute with Icheancho replaced by  Slimani, and Simpson off for Chilwell.
This immediately looked like a better set up and both subs were involved in City’s 80th minute equaliser. Chilwell crossed from the left, Slimani nodded the ball back from the far post and Mahrez chested it down and steered it past a forest of defenders and Myhill.

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

The game had finally come to life and Maguire blasted a swerving 25 yarder which was too close to Myhill, who parried it away.
But Albion rallied and managed to keep City at bay through 5 minutes of time added on.
A point wasn’t enough to lift City out of the relegation zone, but the late conversion to a 3-5-2 may have shown the solution to the problem.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Chilwell 74), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Iborra King 90), Ndidi, Albrighton, Iheanacho (Slimani 74), Vardy. Substitutes: Gray, Hamer, Amartey, Okazaki.
West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Livermore, Krychowiak, Barry, Rodriguez (McClean 84), Rondón, Chadli (McAuley 84).
Substitutes: Nyom, Yacob, Phillips, Brunt, Palmer.
Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 30,203.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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