Player ratings as foxes take second place with victory over Saints
Leicester City fought on Saturday night to secure a 2-0 victory over Southampton, moving up to second in the Premier League table.
The Foxes came under some pressure in the first half but broke the deadlock in the 37th minute when James Maddison slipped his marker, charged into the box and fired a vicious shot past Alex. McCarthy.
Southampton pressed Leicester in the second half but the hosts defended well and kept the Saints silent for long periods of the game.
The visitors couldn’t find a way through the Foxes ‘stubborn baseline, and a late strike from Harvey Barnes meant a 2-0 victory propelled Brendan Rodgers’ men to second in the table. Premier League.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings on a rough night at King Power Stadium.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 8/10 – Couple of nervous moments with the ball at their feet. I had a good hand on a fierce shot from Bertrand, even though he was lucky he sailed over the bar. Solid.
James Justin (RB) – 8/10 – Impressed in front of the English boss who watches, hardly making a mistake in any of his tasks. Gareth Southgate must have been satisfied.
Wesley Fofana (CB) – 7/10 – Pretty solid but picked up a yellow and seemed destined for a red throughout his clashes with Adams and Walcott. Substituted at the start of the second half – potentially took a hit.
Jonny Evans (CB) – 8/10 – The sensitive and stable head alongside the aggressive front foot that defends Fofana. Stayed calm, even in the hairiest moments of the game.
Timothy Castagne (LB) – 7/10 – I got stuck and did a great job canceling out the Saints’ wide players, stopping crosses and supporting his wingers.
Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – 7/10 – Leicester still look so much better with Ndidi on the side. Helped the foxes gain a foothold and stopped the combative Diallo from pulling the Saints into the field.
Youri Tielemans (CM) – 8/10 – I slipped the ball to Maddison with good timing and weight. So chic in possession and rarely wastes a pass. I also got help for the second one. An adorable player.
James Maddison (CM) – 8/10 – Nice run and powerful finish at a sharp angle to open the scoring. There were also a few other cracks at the goal. Just what Leicester needed.
Mark Albrighton (RW) – 7/10 – Provided his usual industry at both ends of the field. Picked up a yellow for a naughty challenge at the end of the first half.
Jamie Vardy (ST) – 7/10 – Did a lot of dart runs behind as Leicester looked to counter the tiring legs. However, the odds never quite fell for the cunning fox. The next time…
Harvey Barnes (LW) – 8/10 – A constant threat everywhere. Ran his marker in tatters, and managed to get plenty of crosses, even when scored extremely tight. Killed the game in added time with a calm finish.
Çağlar Söyüncü (CB) – 7/10
Ayoze Perez (CM) – 6/10
Yan Valery (RM) – N / A
Alex McCarthy (GK) – 6/10 – Will be disappointed that he was beaten at his nearby post by Maddison’s strike, but he was hit expertly. Exposed for the second.
Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) – 6/10 – Endured a tough afternoon against Barnes on this flank, but did his best to reduce damage from winger pacy.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – 7/10 – Well defended, and headed brilliantly out of the line to deny Barnes in the later stages, keeping Southampton in the contest.
Jack Stephens (CB) – 5/10 – Maddison’s opening fouled, allowing the midfielder to turn around and free himself from his grip in the penalty area. I can’t let this happen.
Ryan Bertrand (LB) – 7/10 – Almost brought Southampton to the level of a thunderous strike on goal, but Schmeichel almost prevented it.
Will Smallbone (RM) – 6/10 – Hit a curler that tested the Leicester keeper. Forced by injury in the middle of the second half. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Ibrahima Diallo (CM) – 6/10 – Felt he had been fouled in Leicester’s first-half strike buildup but his calls were ignored. He was probably right. Lucky not to get a second yellow for another bookable offense in the second half.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 7/10 – Put in some nasty deliveries from stopped parts. Kept Saints in midfield, rarely gave the ball and used his time in possession wisely. Become a master of the art.
Stuart Armstrong (LM) – 7/10 – Thrown a formidable shot against the crossbar as Southampton began to create late chances.
Théo Walcott (ST) – 6/10 – Missed a tough chance on the rebound, but couldn’t adjust his feet in time.
Che Adams (ST) – 6/10 – Busy, as always. Darted around, squeezed and put his body on the line. The final decision-making just isn’t quite there at crucial times, however.
Dan N’Lundulu (ST) – 6/10
Shane Long (ST) – 6/10
Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – N / A