Leicester narrowly avoid embarrassing cup exit as they advance into fifth-round

BY MAX PEARSON

Premier League champions Leicester City secured their first home win of 2017 with a 3-1 extra-time win over Championship side Derby County in the FA Cup last Tuesday.

 

Claudio Ranieri made 10 changes to the Foxes’ side for the game against the Rams, with only Musa having also started against Manchester United 3 days before in their 3-0 loss, and Derby boss, Steve McClaren, made a total of 7 changes from their game before against Newcastle United.

The FA Cup fourth-round replay at the King Power Stadium was required after the two sides had drawn 2-2 at Pride Park.

Andy King put the hosts ahead on 46 minutes with a close-range header, after an inviting cross from Demarai Gray was headed into King’s path by teammate Marc Albrighton.

However, the lead only lasted 15 minutes, with Ram’s Guinean striker Abdoul Camara equalising for the Championship side after a free-kick took a deflection off Foxes’ Ben Chilwell and ended up going past the keeper.

With the score at 1-1 after full-time, the game required extra-time to decide a winner.

A 25-yard thunderbolt from Leicester substitute Wilfred Ndidi helped the hosts regain the lead 4 minutes into extra-time.

Gray then sealed entry into the next round of the FA Cup after weaving his way through several Derby players to score a glorious solo goal.

Leicester fan, Cameron Dunn, who watched the game at a pub in Leicester, said: “I was happy that we won, but the fact we had to go into extra-time to beat Derby County, who are in the league below us, is a bit grim.”

He added: “Seeing Andy King scoring is also good.

“I love Andy.

“It’s always good to see him get a goal.”

Leicester face Millwall at The Den on Saturday 18th February in the fifth round.

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