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Match Report ~ Fulham beaten by Leicester ~ Prem MD21 20/21

last updated Wednesday 03rd February 2021, 10:07 PM

Match Report

Fulham (0) 0-2 (2) Leicester City

Premier League Match Day 21 2021 at Craven Cottage

Wednesday 3rd February 2021    KO: 18:00

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Live on BT Sport 2

Match Stats Fulham Leicester
Goals (0) 0 2 (2)
Scorers Iheanacho 17
Justin 44
Goal attempts 8 9
On target 1 5
Shooting Accuracy 0% 0%
Possession 58% 42%
Passes Success 83% 77%
Corners 5 2
Tackles Success 57% 63%
Saves 3 1
Fouls 17 10
Offsides 1 3
Yellows 3 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Two fine first-half goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and James Justin put Leicester third with a 2-0 victory at third-bottom Fulham, who are now without a win in 11 games.

Iheanacho powered home his first Premier League goal of the season by meeting James Maddison's excellent cross 17 minutes in and beating Alphonse Areola from close-range.

Maddison then turned provider again as he recorded two assists in the same game for the first time, teeing up Justin to round Areola and slot in a second moments before half-time as Leicester's clinical touch returned after their poor defeat by Leeds on Saturday.

Fulham always looked competitive but rarely tested Kasper Schmeichel besides a Tosin Adarabioyo header moments before Justin's goal, and remain rooted seven points adrift from safety, having now lost their game in hand on the two sides directly above them.

Leicester needed little time to show why they have found life so much easier on the road than at home, moving ahead with 17 minutes gone as Iheanacho powered home Maddison's delicious cross following a quick free-kick.

Fulham's shortcomings were just as plain to see as their tidy approach play was snuffed out before it could cause any real danger, and with one rare clear-cut chance, Aleksandar Mitrovic sidefooted Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's square ball straight at Justin with the goal at his mercy.

The hosts remained in the game and would have gone in level had Tosin beaten Schmeichel with a bullet header from a corner. But they were immediately caught out by a silky Leicester counter, with a lovely Iheanacho turn feeding Maddison to tee up Justin, who rounded Areola and doubled the lead moments before half-time.

Scott Parker boldly responded at the break with two changes which immediately galvanised Fulham, but not to the extent of threatening a comeback.

Indeed, while Leicester were twice denied a third when the offside flag penalised Iheanacho and then Ricardo Pereira, neither side registered a legitimate shot on target throughout the second period.

That allowed Leicester to see out victory in relative comfort, with Justin's block on substitute Bobby Decordova-Reid's goalbound effort, typical of his night's work, their only moment of concern as the Foxes jumped back ahead of Brendan Rodgers' former employers Liverpool, who have played a game less.

Fulham: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Tete (Cavaleiro 46), Reed, Anguissa (Lemina 46), Robinson, Loftus-Cheek (De Cordova-Reid 70), Mitrovic, Lookman

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Hector, Odoi, Ream, Bryan, Onomah,

Booked: Reed (24,f), Aina (59,f), Cavaleiro (89,f),

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Justin, Tielemans, Choudhury (Mendy 61), Perez (Albrighton 61), Maddison, Barnes (Amartey 76), Iheanacho

Unused substitutes: Ward, Daley-Campbell, Thomas, Fuchs, Leshabela, Under.

Iheanacho 17 (Five defenders, and not one of them picks up Iheanacho to head Leicester in front. Choudhury picks up the ball in the Fulham third and moves it wide to Maddison, who looks up and delivers a perfect cross for Iheanacho. He gets in between Adarabioyo and Andersen and leaves Areola with no chance to net his first Premier League goal of the season.)
Justin 44 (Sensational goal. A sucker punch second. From back to front in an instant and into the back of the Fulham net. Iheanacho's turn on the half-way line leaves Adarabioyo standing, before he releases Maddison in behind. His close control is too quick for Robinson and Johansen, but instead of going for goal himself he finds Justin unmarked, and after rounding Areola he fires in his second goal of the season.)

Booked: Mendy (72,f),

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Attendance: 0

Source Ron Walker at SkySports
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