Fulham 0-2 Leicester Metropolis: Foxes strengthen top-four push with comfy victory

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Kelechi Iheanacho’s first objective since November set Leicester on their technique to victory over Fulham

Leicester strengthened their place within the Premier League’s high 4 with victory over Fulham, whose survival hopes suffered an extra blow at Craven Cottage.

James Maddison performed a key function in each the guests’ objectives, delivering a pleasant in-swinging cross for Kelechi Iheanacho to move dwelling earlier than teeing up James Justin to double the Foxes’ lead on the stroke of half-time.

Brendan Rodgers’ aspect had three objectives disallowed – Caglar Soyuncu’s first-half header was dominated out for a push on Tosin Adarabioyo earlier than Iheanacho and Ricardo Pereira had been denied by the linesman’s flag within the second half.

Fulham had probabilities too – notably when Adarabioyo’s header was palmed over the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel moments earlier than the guests’ second objective.

That header, nonetheless, was the Cottagers’ solely effort on track in your complete 90 minutes.

The outcome lifts Leicester two factors behind second-placed Manchester United, whereas Fulham stay seven factors adrift of security in 18th.

Maddison the important thing for Leicester

Rodgers admitted his crew “weren’t ok” in Sunday’s defeat by Leeds United – a outcome that noticed them miss the possibility to maneuver two factors behind Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis.

The Foxes had been with out injured defenders Timothy Castagne and Wesley Fofana at Craven Cottage, whereas key duo Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy are solely set to return in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

Leicester had earned only one level from their previous 4 league fixtures with out Vardy, whereas profitable solely six of their 22 league matches with out Ndidi for the reason that Nigerian’s debut in January 2017.

Nevertheless, two excellent assists from Maddison steered the Foxes to victory in west London.

The 24-year-old’s teasing supply from the proper gave Iheanacho the easy activity of directing a close-range header previous Areola, whereas he confirmed nice composure to tee up Justin for the guests’ essential second objective.

The previous Norwich Metropolis man has now been immediately concerned in 12 objectives in his final 12 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes.

Youri Tielemans additionally had a wonderful recreation on the coronary heart of midfield, profitable possession 10 occasions and finishing extra passes than some other Leicester participant.

The guests had been joyful to include their opponents for almost all of the second half, as Fulham struggled to penetrate their resolute, well-drilled defence.

Solely Manchester United have collected extra factors on their travels this season than Rodgers’ aspect, who’ve now gained eight of their 11 away league matches in 2020-21.

Toothless Fulham in serious trouble

Fulham got here into Wednesday’s recreation and not using a win since beating Leicester 2-1 at King Energy Stadium on 30 November.

The Cottagers have proved robust to beat in current weeks, however their failure to transform probabilities into objectives has seen them lose floor on the groups above the drop zone.

They carved out the primary alternative of the sport after 12 minutes, however Justin produced a tremendous block to disclaim Aleksandar Mitrovic after a marauding run from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa down the left.

Adarabioyo compelled Schmeichel into an excellent one-handed save late within the first half, just for Justin’s objective moments later to go away Scott Parker’s aspect with a mountain to climb.

Parker introduced on Mario Lemina and Ivan Cavaleiro at half-time and the latter went near halving the deficit inside minutes of the restart, dragging a low shot broad of Schmeichel’s left-hand put up.

However that was the closest the hosts got here to a route again into the match, as their winless league run stretched to 11 video games.

No dwelling comforts for Cottagers – the stats

  • Fulham have misplaced their first 4 dwelling video games in 2021 in all competitions – the primary time they’ve misplaced their first 4 dwelling video games in a calendar 12 months as a Soccer League aspect.
  • Leicester have gained 26 away factors within the Premier League this season – their second highest such whole in a Premier League marketing campaign after their 2015-16 title success (39).
  • Fulham have gone 11 video games and not using a win within the Premier League (D7 L4) – the present longest such streak within the competitors.
  • Fulham have gained solely two of their 21 Premier League video games this season – earlier than this time period, 13 of the 15 earlier Premier League sides to win two video games or fewer after 21 had been relegated on the finish of the marketing campaign, though one of many sides to outlive had been Fulham in 2007-08.
  • Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first Premier League objective in 15 video games since netting in opposition to Crystal Palace in July 2020.
  • Leicester’s James Maddison assisted two objectives in a single Premier League recreation for the primary time in his profession (87th app).

‘High quality at each ends the distinction’ – what they mentioned

Fulham boss Scott Parker, talking to BBC Match of the Day: “The chilly arduous reality is that we have misplaced a soccer match in the present day and we all know what we have to do – we have to win.

“High quality at each ends was the distinction, we had some good moments within the first half however we nonetheless did not trigger them many issues. Their high quality within the ultimate third was evident.

“There’s nonetheless 17 video games left. I perceive what the notion shall be, however we’ve got a crew right here which were in video games. We all know what we have to do and there must be a transparent concentrate on that.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, talking to BBC Match of the Day: “It was vital for us to reply, that is the way you outline your crew when it comes to setbacks. I assumed we had been wonderful and scored two excellent objectives. We confirmed actual moments of high quality.

“I feel the crew is maturing – it is arduous bodily for gamers this season. We had one shot in opposition to us all evening which reveals the focus. Second half we managed it and stayed calm.

“The tradition we’ve got created is an setting the place we ask the gamers to be brave. If you lose video games there is a vulnerability however we’ve got at all times taken that as one thing to replicate on. As soon as we fail in a recreation we be taught from it and get out and win the following recreation.”

What’s subsequent?

Fulham welcome West Ham to Craven Cottage of their subsequent league match on Saturday, 6 February (17:30 GMT), whereas Leicester journey to Wolves the following day (14:00).

Participant of the match

TielemansYouri Tielemans

Fulham

  1. Squad quantity17Participant titleCavaleiro

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleAreola

  3. Squad quantity21Participant titleReed

  4. Squad quantity14Participant titleDe Cordova-Reid

  5. Squad quantity15Participant titleLoftus-Cheek

  6. Squad quantity16Participant titleTosin

  7. Squad quantity5Participant titleAndersen

  8. Squad quantity34Participant titleAina

  9. Squad quantity18Participant titleLemina

  10. Squad quantity19Participant titleLookman

  11. Squad quantity33Participant titleRobinson

  12. Squad quantity2Participant titleTete

  13. Squad quantity9Participant titleMitrovic

  14. Squad quantity29Participant titleZambo Anguissa

Leicester Metropolis

  1. Squad quantity8Participant titleTielemans

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleSchmeichel

  3. Squad quantity2Participant titleJustin

  4. Squad quantity10Participant titleMaddison

  5. Squad quantity14Participant titleIheanacho

  6. Squad quantity21Participant titleRicardo Pereira

  7. Squad quantity6Participant titleEvans

  8. Squad quantity4Participant titleSöyüncü

  9. Squad quantity11Participant titleAlbrighton

  10. Squad quantity20Participant titleChoudhury

  11. Squad quantity18Participant titleAmartey

  12. Squad quantity24Participant titleMendy

  13. Squad quantity17Participant titleAyoze Pérez

  14. Squad quantity15Participant titleBarnes

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Areola
  • 34AinaBooked at 59minutes
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Tosin
  • 2TeteSubstituted forCavaleiroat 45′minutesBooked at 89minutes
  • 21ReedBooked at 24minutes
  • 29Zambo AnguissaSubstituted forLeminaat 45′minutes
  • 33Robinson
  • 15Loftus-CheekSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 71′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 19Lookman

Substitutes

  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 12Rodák
  • 13Ream
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 18Lemina
  • 23Bryan
  • 25Onomah

Leicester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 2Justin
  • 8Tielemans
  • 20ChoudhurySubstituted forMendyat 61′minutesBooked at 72minutes
  • 17PérezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 61′minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forAmarteyat 76′minutes
  • 14Iheanacho

Substitutes

  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Ünder
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fuchs
  • 33Thomas
  • 38Leshabela
  • 46Daley-Campbell

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