Leicester City returned to winning ways after inflicting a 2-1 defeat on West Ham United, whose winless run at home continues.
The game started with a lot of intensity and it was the home side that looked threatening, to begin with, though Leicester dominated possession. As a result, it turned into a cat and mouse chase until the visitors broke the deadlock in the 40th minute through Kelechi Iheanacho.
West Ham, however, were swift to respond, pulling things back just before the half-time whistle, thanks to Pablo Fornals. And while the second half was more of the same, the Hammers did lack identity and inspiration, allowing Leicester to pile up the pressure and restore their lead through Demarai Gray. The hosts never really managed to find the equaliser.
Here is how the Foxes fared in their narrow win over Manuel Pellegrini’s men this evening.
Kasper Schmeichel 7.5
Made a couple of important saves to deny West Ham a way back into the game. Also showed excellent awareness by not lounging in on Robert Snodgrass during the final minute of the game. Couldn’t have done much to save the Fornals goal, however.
James Justin 7.5
Justin surely needs to improve on his overall defensive game. He was often afraid of lounging into challenges. But, the defender looked impressive going forward and Brendan Rodgers would undoubtedly be happy to have him as a backup for Ricardo Pereira.
Wes Morgan 7.5
Morgan had a mixed game, often appearing tentative with the ball. But, his experience and physical presence were key as Leicester offered very little freedom to Sebastien Haller.
Jonny Evans 8.5
A standout performance from Evans, who impressed even without Caglar Soyuncu by his side. The former Man United star instigated Leicester’s defensive play and made a plethora of key tackles and clearances. A top-notch display from the defender.
Christian Fuchs 7.5
Fuchs had a slow start to the game but was really useful in the second half when the Foxes pushed West Ham in search for the second goal.
Demarai Gray 8
It was Demarai Gray’s incredible lobbed through ball that led to the penalty. But, he turned from hero to villain after attempting an unconvincing penalty kick, which was saved by Lukasz Fabianski. However, the winger later redeemed himself by exhibiting a stunning finish to score the second goal.
Hamza Choudhury 7
Choudhury showed up whenever he was needed and was often a handful for the opposing midfielders. Also played a role in circulating the possession.
Nampalys Mendy 8
Mendy was one of the unsung heroes this evening, showcasing tremendous ball retention and passing qualities. His contributions were influential behind Leicester City’s dominance while the midfielder also restored possession numerous times – making him one of the better performers on the pitch.
Marc Albrighton 7.5
Albrighton had an extremely slow start to the proceeding, notably getting his pocket picked twice in the first half. However, his combination play with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Iheanacho was simply mesmerising. His crosses also proved to be quite useful, at times.
Ayoze Perez 8.5
Perez wasn’t the flashiest player on the pitch. But, the Spaniard’s determination and aggression meant he was involved in both the goals. For the opener, it was his willingness to keep the ball in play that allowed Ihdenacho to score the goal with a cushioned header while in the second half, it was his pass that opened up Gray.
Kelechi Iheanacho 7.5
Iheanacho enjoyed a delightful evening, linking up well with his attacking teammates. But, his first-touch remains terrible while he also needs to be much more clinical in front of goal.
James Maddison 7
Made a quick impact after coming on for Perez in the 64th minute. His creative influence was telling as the Foxes created a lot of chances afterwards.
Wilfred Ndidi N/A
Replaced Mendy in the 70th minute, which was rather a bizarre move by Rodgers.
Harvey Barnes N/A
A late replacement for the tiring Gray.
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