The Foxes’ for­feit 20 EPL goal run

West Bromwich Al­bion end Le­ices­ter’s proud 20 EPL un­beaten home run

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - BY LAU­RIE WHITWELL/

West Bromwich caused a shud­der to Le­ices­ter’s ti­tle charge on their last visit to the King Power Sta­dium and Tony Pulis was at it again to in­flict a dam­ag­ing 2-1 de­feat in an en­tirely dif­fer­ent con­text.

Le­ices­ter’s proud record of 20 Pre­mier League games un­beaten at home is gone, wres­tled away by goals from James Mor­ri­son and Matt Phillips. Le­ices­ter’s Is­lam Sli­mani was the Le­ices­ter goal scorer.

The Black Coun­try club’s Scotland in­ter­na­tional pair will hope for simi- lar suc­cess at Wem­b­ley on Fri­day.

Phillips is not in the cur­rent squad but that re­flects on Gor­don Stra­chan rather than the West Brom winger.

Clau­dio Ranieri’s team slip be­hind their van­quish­ers in the ta­ble and are now only two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

No­body ex­pects Le­ices­ter to be en­gaged in a scrap for sur­vival come May but then again the same was said about their chal­lenge for supremacy this time last Novem­ber.

West Brom were good value for vic­tory, with Pulis once again drilling his play­ers supremely. He did like­wise in March when a 2-2 draw looked to have de­railed Le­ices­ter’s ti­tle am­bi­tions only for their near­est chal­lengers to slip up the fol­low­ing evening. Pulis went one bet­ter un­der the flood­lights this time, man­ag­ing what the likes of Manch­ester City, Manch­ester United, and Liver­pool failed to do over the past 14 months and beat Ranieri’s side.

Arse­nal were the last to come away from Le­ices­ter vic­to­ri­ous, win­ning on Septem­ber 26, 2015. That was a re­sult that forced Ranieri to al­ter his ap­proach and this frag­mented per­for­mance may do sim­i­lar.

Jamie Vardy started on the bench for the sec­ond time in as many Pre­mier League home games, with Ranieri re­in­stat­ing Is­lam Sli­mani im­me­di­ately af­ter his short in­jury lay-off.

But it was West Brom who stepped up a gear and af­ter camp­ing in Le­ices­ter’s third went ahead.

Le­ices­ter City’s Ron-Robert Zieler in ac­tion against West Bromwich Al­bion.

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