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Minute-by-minute report: Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho scored as West Brom's recent good form in the fight against relegation emphatically
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How we scored the Leicester City players as they moved four points clear of fifth in the race for the Champions League with a fine display at the King Power
How we scored the Leicester City players as they moved four points clear of fifth in the race for the Champions League with a fine display at the King Power Stadium
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Leicester City kickstarted their charge towards the Champions League with a ruthless win over West Brom at the King Power Stadium.
In a season that could show quite how unfair the closed-shop Super League would have been, City moved four points clear of fifth with six games to go in their pursuit of a place at Europe’s top table.
They improved their cushion with a superb first half, tearing the relegation-battling Baggies apart, and then a professional second period.
Jamie Vardy finally ended his long goal drought to kickstart a merciless 15-minute period for City, with Jonny Evans heading in his first of the season and Kelechi Iheanancho netting once again.
More goals could have followed, but City played out the second half with control to walk away 3-0 winners.
The three points were particularly vital after back-to-back losses before the FA Cup semi-final win, and table now looks a lot rosier with West Ham, Chelsea, and Liverpool all failing to win over recent days.
West Brom, despite sitting inside the bottom three, were in form after wins over Chelsea and Southampton, but City made them look like a side destined for the drop in a performance that will greatly please manager Brendan Rodgers.
Here's how we rated the players.
Kasper Schmeichel: The back three did let him have one shot to save this time, but they generally shut down attacks before the ball got near him. Came to punch a few corners and free-kicks. 7
Wesley Fofana: Licked his lips at the space he was able to drive into, stepping up to intercept and then charge forward at every opportunity. Sold Evans short for a Phillips shot late in the first half, but was solid otherwise. 7
Jonny Evans: Produced a thumping header for his first goal of the season, which was deserved not only for his performance here, but for his displays over recent weeks. Timed his tackles superbly when he did have defending to do. 9
Caglar Soyuncu: Like Fofana, he gleefully accepted opportunities to gallop through the middle, while he showed his composure on the ball with Cruyff turns out of trouble. He was utterly untroubled defensively by the Baggies attackers. 8
Timothy Castagne: On the right and in space, there cannot be too many more effective wing-backs in the Premier League. Quick and always willing, he got forward brilliantly to provide a wide option, setting up Vardy’s opener and almost scoring himself. 9
Wilfred Ndidi: He could do it all day. He wins the ball and offloads to Tielemans or Maddison like it’s the easiest job in the world. It’s not, he’s just an expert at it. 8
Youri Tielemans: If any player was going to thrive in an open game, it was the brain in City’s midfield. Dissected the West Brom defence for the first goal, and proceeded to knock more excellent passes around, even if he did still play a couple of dodgy simple balls. 8
Luke Thomas: Won his headers, showed a nice touch, and spun a lot of decent passes into the middle and down the line. He needs to show for the ball more, but he’ll get there. 7
James Maddison: It was nice to have that familiar control, body feint, turn, and go in City’s midfield, if Maddison didn’t quite do it as superbly as he can when he is on top form. There were lots of nice touches and he connected play well. 7
Kelechi Iheanacho: The streak goes on, even if Iheanacho’s individual performance wasn’t quite as good this time. His touch ranged from excellent to heavy, while he blew two very good chances, and was too selfish at times. Still, he scored and was a threat throughout. 8
Jamie Vardy: He’s finally got the goal his displays have warranted. Finished with aplomb despite his recent drought, and then showed brilliant feet to set up Iheanacho’s goal. As always, never write him off. 9
Marc Albrighton: Made a slow start to his substitute appearance, with the possession and fouls given up, but finished the game with some nice passes. 6
Ayoze Perez: Provided energy, nifty feet and decent passes. 6
Dennis Praet: Only on the pitch for five minutes. N/A
– April 22, 2021
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