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    Norwich City 1-2 Leicester City


    Norwich and Leicester have impressed many with their attacking potential in the opening stages of the season and they met at Carrow Road on the back of disappointing results the weekend before. Norwich threw away a lead at West Ham in the last minute to finish with just a point, whilst Leicester were torn apart by a rampant Arsenal side who put five past them at the King Power stadium.

    Both team selections raised a few eyebrows as Alex Neil left Nathan Redmond on the bench, despite coming on and scoring against West Ham, whilst Claudio Ranieri left out playmaker Riyad Mahrez for Shinji Okazaki. Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs also came in to try and strengthen the Foxes' leaky defence. 

    On a warm and sunny day in East Anglia, the home side started with more possession but failed to turn their passes into any real chances, a theme that was to continue throughout the majority of the game. It was Leicester who had the first opportunity as Marc Albrighton failed to make contact with a driven cross, before John Ruddy charged down Danny Drinkwater and the loose ball was deflected over from Danny Simpson's resulting drive. 


    The away side had sent out a warning and in the 26th minute Jonny Howson was caught in possession by N'golo Kante and the Leicester midfielder slid through Jamie Vardy who was bundled over in the box by Sebastien Bassong for Leicester's fourth penalty of the season. Vardy picked himself up to fire the visitors into the lead and score in his fifth consecutive game for the first time since 2011 when he was a Fleetwood Town player. Leicester had the only other opportunity of the game when Jeffrey Schlupp was just inches away from making contact with Marc Albrighton's driven cross.

    Alex Neil had to send Norwich back out with a more positive attitude as they chased the game and they created a chance early on when Christian Fuchs almost headed into his own goal from a whipped in cross. However Leicester have been the kings of counter attacking so far this season and with Norwich setting out to be more offensive it always left that possibility open. Just two minutes after the break, Jonny Howson was caught in possession again and N'golo Kante combined with Jeffrey Schlupp before the latter drove the ball past John Ruddy to double the difficulty of Norwich's task.


    The home side responded by throwing on DR Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani and the former Dinamo Kiev man nearly made an impact when he powered a header against Kasper Schmeichel's crossbar. Leicester failed to heed the warning and left the striker unmarked just seconds later and he glanced in Jonny Howson's cross to get the Canaries back into the game.

    Another powerful striker, Leonardo Ulloa almost had the same effect at the other end. The Argentine striker headed in a corner with his first touch, only for the goal to be disallowed for a push by Robert Huth on John Ruddy. Nathan Redmond, another substitute, hit the crossbar with a driven effort with five minutes to go and also had a 95th minute shot deflected wide by Christian Fuchs as Leicester held out to go fourth in the league.


    Claudio Ranieri was delighted with Leicester's 'response after last weekend', whilst Alex Neil explained Norwich 'didn't use the ball well enough' with their 66% possession. Both teams still haven't kept a clean sheet this campaign and will be looking to put that right next weekend when Leicester visit Southampton and Norwich go to bottom of the table Newcastle. 

    Man of the Match: N'golo Kante
    The Leicester midfield provided the creative force in Leicester's attacks and set up goals for Jamie Vardy and Jeffery Schlupp with his incisive passing. 

    Match report by Chris Lincoln
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