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Leicester bury Baggies after early setback

West Bromwich Albion 1:4 Leicester City

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Despite going a goal down, City added to Albion’s woes with a convincing 4-1 win at the Hawthorns on Saturday…

Claude Puel made five changes to his side, with Simpson, Iborra, Chilwell, Gray and Okazaki all returning to the starting XI.
But they got off to a shaky start on a rainy day in the West Midlands and went behind in the 8th minute. Chilwell missed an attempted interception, allowing Burke to race down the right and deliver a low cross that saw Rondon beating Morgan to the ball to divert it past Schmeichel.
Five minutes later Mahrez looped a cross to the far post but it just evaded both Gray and Vardy.
In the 17th minute City went close to going further behind when a Krychowiak shot took a deflection off Iborra and and was heading for the top corner before Schmeichel finger-tipped it on to the crossbar.
But City struck back in the 21st minute with a fantastically executed goal.
Mahrez played an inch perfect ball for Vardy who watched it over his shoulder before guiding a volley beyond Foster’s reach and into the net.
After his usual celebrations in that corner of the Hawthorns, referee Bobby Madley had a word with him.

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It was end to end stuff for a while as Krychowiak dragged a shot wide when well placed, Gibbs made a timely clearance from a dangerous Chilwell cross, and Vardy had a goal disallowed for being narrowly offside as he ran on to Chilwell’s through ball.
Rondon then had a shot deflected over the bar.
1-1 at the break, with City on top after a poor opening spell.

Both sides were looking to push forward in the second half and it was an entertainingly open game.
Gray tried to catch Foster out from distance but the Albion keeper was alert to the danger.
Claude Puel made his first change on the hour, bringing Iheanacho on for Okazaki, and it soon brought its reward.
In the 62nd minute Iheanacho sent a delicate chip over the Baggies defence where Mahrez’s well timed run saw him take a touch before lobbing the ball over Foster to give City the lead.

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City were in charge now. Mahrez almost sent Vardy in on goal and then Iheanacho set him up for a chance which Foster blocked.
Puel brought Albrighton on for Gray in the 67th minute.
Iheanacho then got his first Premier League goal for City in the 76th minute, heading home a Chilwell cross from the left before celebrating in front of the away end.
This sparked an exodus for the exits, with many Albion fans seemingly resigned to defeat and impending relegation.
Puel made his third change late on with Mahrez replaced by Diabate, to rousing applause from the visitors section.
In time added on City got a fourth when Albrighton hoisted a corner in from the left and Iborra rose above the Albion defence to plant a firm header into the net from six yards.

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Claude Puel commented: “The first half was too open, end to end and box and box. The first half could have finished 3-3. It was crazy. We needed to manage our game better in the second half, with more calm and quality. It was interesting to keep the ball on the floor and work West Brom more. We found the clinical edge with a fantastic goal.”

West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Krychowiak (Field 59), Livermore, Brunt, Burke (Robson-Kanu 83), Rondón, Phillips (Rodriguez 70).
Substitutes: Yacob, Myhill, McClean, McAuley.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez (Diabaté 88), Okazaki (Iheanacho 60), Gray (Albrighton 67), Vardy.
Substitutes: Dragovic, Jakupovic, James, Fuchs.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 23,558.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.


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Vardy strike sees Leicester edge out Albion

West Bromwich Albion 0:1 Leicester City

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Any lingering fears that City had about relegation were dispelled as City beat West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a Jamie Vardy strike just before half time…

Craig Shakespeare made one change for this trip to his former club, bringing in Okazaki for Ulloa, in a fixture that had seen a City victory in three of the last four encounters.
Any thoughts that Mark Clattengburg might have an easy time of it in his last Premier League game were soon dismissed as the early stages turned into a physical battle.
Benalouane hit Rondon from behind, but Brunt sent the 25 yard free-kick sailing over the bar.

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Tackles were flying in, and Drinkwater was perhaps lucky to see only a yellow card after a ball-winning challenge with a foot in the air that sent Chadli flying.
Albion’s best chance of the half came in the 18th minute when Evans long cross to the far post was met by the head of Brunt, but Schmeichel pulled off a spectacular save to tip it over the bar.
The cuts and bruises mounted up as Benalouane and McAuley clashed heads and the Albion man had to have treatment for a cut and reemerged with a Basil Fawlty bandage.
Yacob was then lucky that Clattenburg was in last day mode, seeing yellow after planting an elbow into Okazaki’s jaw.

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Brunt then sent Chadli in down the right, but his shot didn’t trouble Schmeichel at the near post.
Neither side were playing with much fluency and a scrappy encounter looked like it was going to be scoreless at the break, until City were gifted a 43rd minute lead.
Rondon had come deep to break up a City move, but sent a wayward pass into the path of Okazaki, who slid a perfect ball in for Vardy to produce a cool finish past Foster.

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In first half injury time Rondon got his head to a Chadli corner but sent it narrowly off target and City took a precious lead in with them at the break.

City created the first chance of the second half when Vardy fired in a low cross from the left, but it was a yard ahead of Okazaki’s reach in the middle.
Albion began to apply some pressure, but they hadn’t found the net in the previous four games. Rondon fired in a shot that was too close to Schmeichel, Yacob sent another shot well over, and Dawson headed wide from a free-kick. Dawson’s next header, from a corner, was on target, but deflected over the bar off Brunt.
City broke forward and Drinkwater sent Mahrez in on the right. He sidestepped Nyom and fired in a low shot that brushed the outside of the right hand post.
Drinkwater fouled on Morrison on the edge of the area, but Chadli’s free-kick flew a yard over the bar.
Craig Shakespeare made his first change in the 67th minute, bringing Ulloa on for Okazaki, as West Brom began to press hard in search of an equaliser.
City’s defence dealt with everything that was thrown at them and Albion’s goalless streak stretched to a record fifth game.
Mahrez had a chance to extend City’s lead but couldn’t get the intended curl on his shot, which went well wide.
Rondon wasted a good chance, and then Chadli almost nipped in when Huth left a ball for Schmeichel, but City saw out the game for their second away win of the season.

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It took them to 40 points, and while not quite mathematically safe, the players went over to the away fans at the end to celebrate another virtually guaranteed year of Premier League football.
Craig Shakespeare was waiting for the rubber stamp when asked about safety: “No, I’m not going to say so. Of course, it takes another giant step towards it. We knew it would be a difficult game today but what I will say about it was that it was a real gutsy performance.”

Albion: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom (McClean 60), Livermore, Yacob (Fletcher 69), Brunt, Morrison (Leko 79), Chadli, Rondon. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Myhill, Harper, Field.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (King 81), Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Ulloa 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Amartey, Slimani, Zieler, Gray.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 24,611.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.


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Vardy scoring streak continues as Leicester win at West Brom

West Bromwich Albion 2:3 Leicester City

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Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Ulloa coming in for the injured Fuchs, partnering Vardy up front.
Vardy nearly added to his hugely impressive scoring run in the 8th minute, turning Evans inside-out down the left before firing a low shot against the near post.
City continued to press forward using the flanks, but they couldn’t undo a tight West Brom defence who have six clean sheets this season.
On the half hour Albion then drew first blood from a corner. Sessegnon’s flag kick was delivered from the left and Rondon’s angled header beat Schmeichel at the near post.
City continued to attack, but found solid resistance and Vardy, Abrighton and Drinkwater all had fierce shots blocked by defenders, before Myhill made a good save from Ulloa.
For all their dominance in midfield and attacking play, City found themselves a goal down at half time.

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After a spell of Albion pressure early in the second half City struck back in the 57th minute.
Albrighton delivered a lofted ball in from the left and Mahrez had ghosted in behind the home defence for a simple finish past Myhill from close in. Where bashing on the door of Albion’s stout defence failed, Mahrez had sneaked in and picked the lock.
After Vardy had gone close with a backheel from a Schlupp cutrback, Albrighton and Mahrez repeated their trick in the 65th minute. This time from the right flank, Albrighton’s cross again found Mahrez at the far post with the Albion defence seemingly powerless to prevent him stroking home his 7th goal of the season.

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With City now ahead Ranieri made a couple of changes, bringing King on for Ulloa and then Dyer for Albrighton.
And City soon extended their lead with a superb 77th minute goal from Vardy.
A ball out of City’s defence found the England striker in the centre-circle, and he laid it off to Drinkwater before charging forward. Drinkwater delivered a perfect pass for Vardy to run on to and he accelerated away from three Albion defenders before crashing the ball across Myhill for his 8th goal in 8 consecutive Premier League games.
Albion reined City’s lead back to a single goal in the 84th minute when McManaman was brought down in the area by Dyer. Although it looked as though the Albion player may have been looking for Dyer’s leg to trip over it was a case of rough justice after an earlier incident had seen Huth flatten Fletcher in the area. Lambert sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot kick to make for a nervy closing spell. The fresh legs of Okazaki replaced Drinkwater and Schmeichel got down well to smother a Lambert effort that ended up in the side-netting.

The final whistle saw City in third place as the season moved into November.
If the supporters were in dreamland, Claudio Ranieri was keeping his feet planted on the floor: “I believe everything is possible with this team because they have amazing character. In this moment, I think just about 40 points. My mind is on achieving 40 points as soon as possible. Then we’ll see which month we are in and what games are left.”

West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt (McManaman 82), Fletcher, Yacob (Morrison 76), McClean, Sessegnon, Berahino (Lambert 76), Rondon. Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Olsson, Chester, Gardner.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, Albrighton (Dyer 76), Drinkwater (Okazaki 87), Kanté, Mahrez, Ulloa (King 69), Vardy. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Chilwell, Schwarzer, Inler.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 24,150.

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City’s Losing Streak Continues at the Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 3:0 Leicester City

City losing run extended to four games with a 3-0 defeat at the Hawthorns on Friday evening…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side for a return to the club he managed for two games.
Oakley, Howard, Berner and Dyer were in, with Gallagher, Spearing, Solano and N’Guessan making way.
City got off to a good start with Dyer moving at a frantic pace against his former club. Once he almost broke clear but was fouled and then he sent a shot narrowly wide. He also charged down the middle before Carson came out to save at his feet.  
With Dyer being afforded more attention from Albion and City losing the midfield battle the home side began to impose themselves. Brunt had a shot blocked; Olsson sent a header inches wide with Weale stranded; and then the City keeper produced a good save to deny Miller.  
Albion finally made the breakthrough in the 38th minute. Hobbs headed a Brunt cross out to the edge of the penalty area where it was met by Morrison, whose perfect half volley found the bottom left hand corner.
If that left City facing a hard task, they had a mountain to climb by half time. In first half time added on Hobbs again met a Brunt cross, this time it hit King on the back and landed nicely for Koren to fire home.
City, who replaced Waghorn with Gallagher at the break, desperately needed a good start to the second half, but it wasn’t to be when Howard screwed an early chance wide when well placed.
Another chance for Howard was lobbed tamely over the bar with the better placed King begging for a pass.
Vaughan and then Adams came on for Dyer and Oakley and City had loads of possession but couldn’t get near the Baggies goal.
The three points were rubber stamped with five minutes remaining when Morrison sent Koren racing clear and he beat Weale before finding the net and putting Albion another step nearer automatic promotion. 
City hadn’t performed badly against what will prove to be th esecond best team in the division, but never really looked like scoring.
Nigel Pearson was in a defiant mood: “There will be twists and turns between now and the end of the season. If people write us off, it is up to us to prove the doubters wrong. We have worked too hard this season to get ourselves into an encouraging position just to let it pass us by. We have to come out of this disappointing run and we will do it by working hard and making sure we do everything we can to cross the line ourselves.”

Albion: Carson, Cech, Tamas, Olsson (Mattock 78), Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Koren, Reid (Meite 46), Mulumbu, Miller (Bednar 57). Subs Not Used: Kiely, Barnes, Cox, Slory.Leicester: Weale, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Morrison, King, Dyer (Vaughan 53), Oakley (Adams 61), Wellens, Howard, Waghorn (Gallagher, 46). Subs Not Used: Brown, Logan, Kermorgant, Spearing.

Referee: D Deadman (Cheshunt). Attendance: 23,334.

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