Aston Villa 1 Leicester 4 - Football
Sidders33 - Regular Writer
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A dominant Leicester side saw off Aston Villa at Villa park today.
Goals from Vardy (two), Iheanacho and Evans were more than enough to beat an increasing frustrated Villa side, who could only muster a Jack Grealish goal.
There were early signs of what was to come with some good work from Maddison and Iheanacho down the right hand side resulting in a game shot from Vardy before the game was five minutes old. Villa had probably their best chance of the game after 11 minutes, when El Ghazi struck the bar from 7 yards out when it looked easier to score with the goal at his mercy.
The opening goal came just after Mings was hampered by a hamstring injury. Despite being in clear pain and having reduced mobility, Dean Smith chose to allow his centre half continue, with Vardy racing through to round Heaton and score at the second attempt after a fluffed attempt first. This was Leicester’s first possession after Mings went down and was clearly unable to chase down Vardy. A second could easily have followed soon after too, with Vardy again breaking through between the Villa central defenders, only to be thwarted by Heaton.
Leicester squandered another two glorious two on one opportunities with first and under hit pass to Iheanacho and second Maddison playing his through ball for Vardy too close to the defender. The second goal did come just after 40 minutes, with Leicester creating another overload situation down the left, allowing Maddison to pick out Iheanacho who finished well.
Just as the half was winding down, Jack Grealish produced a rare moment of quality for Villa, firing a shot into the bottom corner through a crowd of bodies after Leicester failed to clear from a corner. That gave Villa hope heading into half time and provided a platform for Dean Smith to work with.
That didn’t last long into the second half with Evans scoring a brilliant header from 12 yards out. The former Manchester United and West Brom defender had the freedom of Villa’s box and powered home at the back post. This goal proved to be the last of the Aston Villa resistance, who led by Grealish, became more frustrated and petulant with each failed attack.
Villa applied some pressure to try and get back into the game and were finished off by Vardy racing through one on one with Heaton to finish cooly, scoring in his eighth game in a row. Leicester break came from a Villa corner, which was a port delivery as with many from Villa throughout the game. This corner was however well recovered with a good flick on at the front post, but somewhat inexplicably there was no one at the back post attacking the ball for Villa. This allowed Ricardo time to clear his lines, before Praet lifting the ball over the top for Vardy.
As Villa pushes late in the game, Leicester waited patiently creating two glorious chances that Harvey Barnes squandered, as well as Maddison curling over after a sweeping move.
The result sees Leicester strengthen their grip on second place, while Villa remain just outside the relegation places.