Kelechi Iheanacho On Target As Leicester Beats West Brom

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Leicester City tightened its grip on third place in the Premier League after a 3-0 victory against West Brom at the King Power stadium with goals from Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho.

The game was open from the start, with Iheanacho missing a one-on-one chance in the third minute after a poor touch that allowed West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to close him down. At the other end, Mbaye Diagne missed a good chance to open the scoring for West Brom.

It proved costly as Leicester took the lead after some excellent work by Youri Tielemans in the build-up. The Belgian midfielder broke the offside trap to find compatriot Timothy Castagne and his pass was expertly converted by Vardy.

It was Vardy’s first goal since February. What a way to break the goal drought.

The goal appeared to deflate West Brom and the visitors were two down within minutes when a Callum Robinson corner from the right found its way to Evans, who headed the ball into the net.

Leicester City defender Jonny Evans (6) celebrates goal against West Brom

West Brom forward Matheus Pereira managed to hit the crossbar from a corner as the baggies were looking to fight its way back into the game, but it offered only momentary relief for the visitors as Leicester extended its lead.

Vary went past Dara O’Shea down the right and unselfishly passed to Iheanacho, and the Super Eagles star made it 3-0 to the foxes.

Super Eagles and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates goal during Premier League match against West Brom.

It was the Nigerian international’s 11th goal in eight games, an he could have had his 12th before half-time but fired his shot wide.

West Brom coach Sam Allardyce made a change at the interval, bringing on Nigerian defender Semi Ajayi for forward Callum Robinson.

But there were no more goals, as the match ended 3-0 to the hosts,  denting West Brom’s hopes of an unlikely escape from relegation.

The victory takes the FA Cup finalists four points clear of West Ham in fifth while Sam Allardyce’s side stay on 24 points, nine behind Burnley in 17th.

“Any win in the Premier League is always a good win, especially against a team that has showed really good form of late and had a good rest period coming into the game,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said.

“It was an excellent victory for us,” Rodgers added. “I said to the players beforehand that this is the time of the season where just because we’re in the [FA Cup] final, it’s not one foot in and one foot out.”

“We’ve got other targets and we have to have that determination and commitment until we get to the final.”

Leicester will host Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, while West Brom will play Aston Villa on Sunday.

 

Chidi Nwoke.

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