At the moment. it looks as if Brendan Rodgers can’t set a foot wrong. The start of this game was very promising and after just 8 minutes a great chance was created as the ball was passed through to Patson Dake who found James Maddison as his shot was perfect and hit the net. Leicester were 1-0 up.
Then after 25 minutes we all became worried as James Maddison went down and had to leave the field. Dennis Praet came on. It was confirmed after the game that Maddison is ok, but it was done to see him ready for the World Cup.
After Maddison left the field Leicester lost momentum and it became a defensive battle for the rest of the half. West Ham rolled up attack by attack and created some good chances. Amartey and Faes made it clear they had shut all doors. Danny Ward also showed solidity and had a new steady appearance.
Leicester could have gone 2-0 up after 42 minutes when Patson Daka was taken down inside the penalty area. Youri Tielemans should have scored from the penalty spot, but a weak shot was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.
First half ended as Leicester kept their lead and could regroup for 2nd half with a few good options on the bench..
2nd half became what we expected as West Ham pushed for an uqualizer, and they manage to stress the Leicester defense and midfield a lot, but still Leicester kept their feet on the ground and manged to clear what was coming.
Then after 78 minutes sub Ayoze Perez made a massive through pass to Harvey Barnes who sprinted for the ball and his shot was perfectly placed as the ball found the net, this chance was probably the only proper one Leicester had in the last 45.
Coming away with a 2-0 win from London Stadium is a massive one and again a grand result from Brendan Rodgers with a team that this time must be described a bit lucky and not as solid as we would have liked.
James Maddison and Youri Tielemans who have been the grand masters of lately were both out before an hour, Maddison with an injury and Tielemans not really having his best day, so to see the subs coming on doing the shift was fantastic.
This was the perfect end before the Premier League season again starts up on Boxing Day as Leicester will get a new and difficult challenge at home to Newcastle. Hopefully Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester team will keep this going as it looks heavily interesting towards the next period of the season.
- Set pieces, so solid and a good block of players placed correctly
- Wout Faes was brilliant today, he is a winner
- Battling ability everyone doing an honest job
- Solid and fantastic to score two goals and also getting a penalty
- Three points away from home, clean sheet, cannot ask for more
- Wilfred Ndidi, yellow card
- Timothy Castagne with very sloppy at times
- A bit dangerous at times when balls are played to the feet of midfielders with their body towards their own goal
- James Maddison taken off, it makes Leicester a lot weaker with the ball
Player Ratings: Ward 7, Castagne 5, Amartey 7, Faes 8, Thomas 6, Soumare 6, Dewsbury-Hall 6, Maddison, Barnes 7, Daka 6, Tielemans 6 Subs: Praet 6, Mendy, Perez, Vardy
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
Match Stats (H/A)
- Possession: 54 / 46
- Corners: 7 / 2
- Shots on target: 6 / 6
- Fouls: 9 / 8