Foxes snatch late winner from resolute Canaries

– By Ben Clarke

A late winner from substitute Leonardo Ulloa kept the Foxes top of the pile with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City hot on their tails.

Norwich City had been tough to break down and even had chances of their own until the 88th minute when Marc Albrighton put in a low cross, which left last seasons top scorer with a simple tap in.

The league leaders Leicester City made one change from the side that lost to Arsenal two weeks ago with Daniel Amartey replacing the suspended Danny Simpson, to make his debut.

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City’s first attack came with Jamie Vardy who broke to the byline inside the box before finding Shinji Okazaki whose effort was blocked and cleared by Russell Martin.

The early pressure didn’t let up when Marc Albrighton’s cut back was turned agonisingly wide by Ryan Bennett.

26 minutes in and the first bit of magic from Mahrez who turned two defenders before his shot was blocked and teed up to Albirghton, from the ever impressive N’Golo Kante, who fired over.

Albrighton went close again when his in-swinging free kick found no one but went inches wide of the far hand post.

Norwich’s best chance of the half fell to Jerome who headed Robbie Brady’s corner just wide.

Half time 0-0

Mahrez provided a great bit of trickery early in the second half, drawing a foul from Bennett 25-yards-out and Danny Drinkwater’s lay off to Vardy was saved low by John Ruddy.

Two changes for the home side came with 20 minutes to go, with Okazaki and Kante being replaced by Andy King and Jeff Schlupp, who scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

77 minutes in came the Foxes last change with Leonardo Ulloa coming on for Amartey with the blues trying to press for the winner that would keep them top.

Redmond came close to nicking a lead for the Canaries in the 83rd minute when his long range effort flew narrowly past the right hand post.

On the 88th minute Leicester finally had their break through as a cutting low cross from Albrighton who put it on a plate for Leonardo Ulloa who tapped in from close range.

There was one late scare for the league leaders when substitute Patrick Bamford, on for Jerome, fired wide after Leicester failed to clear their lines.

 

 

Leicester City Vs Norwich City 27/02/16 3 pm k.o. 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistants: Scott Ledger and Harry Lennard

Fourth official: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 32,114 (3,332 away)

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