Leicester City 2:0 AFC Bournemouth
A vibrant display of attacking football saw City earn their first Premier League win over Bournemouth, a fitting tribute on what would have been Khun Vichai’s 61st birthday…
Brendan Rodgers made one change to the side that started at Burnley, with Morgan in for the suspended Maguire.
City controlled the game from the start and took a 10th minute lead. Chilwell received the ball from a corner, took a touch and then fired a shot from the edge of the area that was going well wide, but Morgan diverted it past Begovic with a backheel. Only he will know whether it was intended or not.
Five minutes later the Cherries should have equalised when Fraser sent a cross over and Wilson caught it on the volley from five yards, but Schmeichel reacted superbly to beat it away.
That was a rare bit of action for Schmeichel as City continued to press forward with a high-tempo passing game. Barnes and Tielemans combined to set up Maddison, but he dragged his shot wide of the left hand post.
In the 27th minute a great run and cross from Ricardo found Vardy unmarked 15 yards out, but he made an uncharacteristic hash of his finish and the ball trundled wide.
Maddison then attempted a curling effort but it was a little too close to Begovic who gathered comfortably. Vardy then had a shot blocked by Ake and City had to be content with 1-0 lead at the break.
Two minutes into the second half Barnes beat two men down the right before delivering a low cross, but no City shirt was on hand.
Ndidi was having a fine game and one tackle on King earned him a huge round of applause.
City’s final ball was just lacking after a couple of great attacking moves, with Tielemans and then Maddison just failing to send Vardy in. Tielemans then attempted a long range effort that drifted wide.
The 61st minute brought a moving tribute to with white carves held aloft and the Khun Vichai song ringing around the ground for several minutes.
The Bournemouth defence were kept busy with Ake blocking shots from Tielemans and Ricardo as City provided a constant threat.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing Mendy on for Barnes.
City finally put the game to bed in the 82nd minute. Tielemans lofted a sublime ball in from the right, Bergovic came to claim, but Vardy beat him to it, nodding into an unguarded net.
It was the Belgian’s fourth assist in five games prompting chants of “Sign him on!”
A third consecutive Premier League win saw City move up to 8th place, level on points with Wolves. Brendan Rodgers has totally transformed the mood around the King Power Stadium and now City are in serious contention for a place in Europe.
Rodgers commented: “I thought we were excellent. We showed a real appetite and hunger and tactically we were very good. Our pressing was excellent, the boys are understanding tactically how we want to press and the importance of that. Each game, each day in training, we are getting more used to it.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Ghezzal 89), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Mendy 72). Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Clyne, Mepham, Aké, Daniels (Rico 56), Brooks, Gosling, Lerma (Solanke 64), Fraser, King (Stanislas 74), Wilson.
Substitutes: Boruc, Mousset, Ibe, Simpson.
Referee: Lee Mason. Attendance: 31,530.
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