Sheffield United vs Leicester City – Match Report

Leicester City travelled to Bramall Lane to face bottom placed Sheffield United, who only had one point to their name this season.

Although Leicester were placed sixth in the table, their trip to South Yorkshire would still prove challenging after their two consecutive losses in the week to Fulham and Zorya Luhansk respectively.

The Foxes were looking to bounce back and set their mark early on by dominating possession and playing a high line.

Boyhood Sheffield Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy had a great chance in the 10th minute, but narrowly missed, striking directly at the post on the keeper’s near side.

Despite Leicester’s continuous spells of attack, Sheffield looked strong on the counter, after breaking quickly in the 21st minute, Ollie Burke was through on goal, but lost balance and Kasper Schmeichel was able to snatch the ball before the striker could fire at goal.

The Blades’ only goal at home this season came from a penalty – the side showed signs early on that their lack of being clinical in front of goal was set to continue.

Not long later, in the 23rd minute there was a breakthrough for Leicester, and the goal came from Ayoze Perez.

Perez found himself in the perfect place as Mark Albrighton’s shot was deflected into the path of the Spaniard who slotted home a sweet half-volley.

This blow for Sheffield United proved to be a wake up call, as Chris Wilder’s side responded in ruthless fashion.

Once again The Blades made full use of the counter attack and after a spell in the final third Albrighton put the ball out for a corner.

As the ball swung in McBurnie out-muscled the Leicester defenders either side of him, leaping higher than anybody and making a great connection with the ball to score a thunderbolt header.

Despite James Maddison almost completely mimicking Jamie Vardy’s early chance in the 45th minute and missing the target by an inch, instead connecting with the post, the score at half time was 1-1.

Leicester felt hard done by at the break as their 80% possession wasn’t reflective in the score, however the Foxes had scored 14 goals in the second half of Premier League games this season, eight of them being in the last 15 minutes.

Wilfred Ndidi replaced Nampalys Mendy in the second half, who’s defensive qualities created more space for midfielder Youri Tielemans, the Belgian’s skills helped introduce left-back Christian Fuchs into the attack which created an excellent force for Leicester.

Sheffield United’s strength and physicality proved problematic for Leicester, as the East Midlands side hunted for a winning goal.

Just as Sheffield felt they may have grabbed a point, Maddison put Vardy through one-on-one with the keeper, Vardy opened up his body and fired it home past Aaron Ramsdale in the 90th minute to seal the three points for Leicester.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will take on AEK Athens at the King Power Stadium next time round on Thursday as they will look to change their luck in the Europa League too.

Man of the match: Jamie Vardy.

By Jack Feneley

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