Sunday, 9 November 2014

Leicester 0-1 West Bromwich Albion match report Saturday 1st November

A fluke own goal from Esteban Cambiasso was enough to separate West Bromwich Albion and Leicester in a closely fought encounter at the King Power stadium. 
It was a case of wrong place, wrong time for the Argentine two minutes after half time as Saido Berahino's cross from the left was headed clear by Foxes defender Wes Morgan straight onto the thigh of the backrushing Cambiasso who was left helpless as the ball rolled agonisingly over the line past the outstretched ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

 The first half was a complete stalemate with both sides cancelling each other out in midfield meaning there was little goal mouth action. Baggies ‘keeper Ben Foster almost gifted the game to the home side with barely eight minutes gone as an attempted throw-out saw him step out of his area.  The Leicester players appealed for a free-kick but referee Stuart Atwell judged that the England keeper was still in his area providing him with a lucky escape. 

 West Brom’s best chance came from a corner from the right by Chris Brunt which was headed towards the far post by Craig Dawson but was cleared off the line by Cambiasso. The Foxes replied with arguably the best chance of the half. The ball bounced up high into the air and striker Jamie Vardy found himself in a lot of space on the six yard line but fluffed his overhead kick effort straight into the arms of Foster.

 The deadlock was finally broken on 47 minutes when in-form striker Berahino burst down the left hand side of the box before cutting the ball back only for the clearance by Morgan to ricochet onto Cambiasso and into the net.

 The Foxes pressed for an equaliser but the Baggies backline stood strong. Jamie Vardy forced a good save from Foster with 62 minutes on the clock, latching onto a long ball from defender Paul Konchesky then Andy King headed into the goalkeeper’s hands when he should have scored.

 Substitute Nick Powell had the final chance to snatch a point but screwed his shot so wide that the ball actually hit the corner flag, much to the annoyance of the home fans.

 The Baggies held out and earned a much needed three points after a run of draws in the league and their disappointing exit from the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night against Bournemouth. As for Leicester, it was another defeat for a side struggling to find consistency in the Premiership after their emphatic 5-3 win over Manchester United a month ago.

 Manager Nigel Pearson admitted his side were ‘unlucky’ but refused to be downhearted despite his side’s poor showing in the Premiership table.

 Meanwhile, Baggies boss Alan Irvine was delighted with another win despite the nature of the goal.

 “I’ll take goals like that anytime if it means three points,” he said.


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