Le­ices­ter de­feated at home by West Brom

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LE­ICES­TER: Le­ices­ter City’s 20-game un­beaten home record in the Premier League came to an end as Matt Phillips scored West Brom’s win­ner in a 2-1 vic­tory yes­ter­day.

The Scot­land in­ter­na­tional winger pro­vided the cross for James Mor­ri­son’s opener on 52 min­utes and then seized on a Danny Drinkwa­ter howler to grab the de­ci­sive goal 20 min­utes later.

Le­ices­ter had equalised on 55 min­utes through record sign­ing Al­ge­rian in­ter­na­tional Is­lam Sli­mani.

But Clau­dio Ranieri’s men could have no com­plaints about sur­ren­der­ing their proud record at the King Power Sta­dium as they paid the price for a lack­lus­tre dis­play.

It meant a fifth de­feat of the sea­son for last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons, whose sparkling form in their maiden Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign is in stark con­trast to a stut­ter­ing de­fence of their do­mes­tic ti­tle.

De­feat leaves them in a lowly 14th po­si­tion on 12 points, just two points above the rel­e­ga­tion places. Al­bion leapfrogged Le­ices­ter in the ta­ble by virtue of the win-only their third this term-mov­ing to 11th on 13 points.

Jamie Vardy was again left on the bench for a league game as his long bar­ren run in front of goal went on de­spite him en­ter­ing the fray at half-time.

Ron-Robert Zieler, who re­placed the in­jured Kasper Sch­me­ichel in goal for Le­ices­ter, made an ex­cel­lent start as he looked to set­tle any nerves, mak­ing a smart save to deny the vis­i­tors in the third minute. He went low to his right to get his fin­ger­tips to a goal-bound cross-shot by Phillips, who had pounced on a poor touch by Andy King. That set the tone for the open­ing exchanges with Le­ices­ter poor in pos­ses­sion and West Brom en­joy­ing a ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage.

Salomon Ron­don headed just off tar­get for the vis­i­tors from a Phillips cross.

Mor­ri­son then failed nar­rowly to re­lease Chris Brunt with a well-judged through-ball which Zieler did well to slide out a clear.

But the home side did build up some mo­men­tum as the game de­vel­oped and Sli­mani was the fo­cal point of their at­tacks.

He mis­di­rected a header from a cross by Chris­tian Fuchs af­ter a slick Le­ices­ter counter-at­tack. The Al­ge­rian then failed by a whisker to meet a cross by com­pa­triot Riyad Mahrez with Gareth McAu­ley read­ing the dan­ger well and clear­ing be­fore Shinji Okazaki could seize on the loose ball.

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