Leicester 3-1 Huddersfield: Foxes claim comfortable victory
Report and highlights as Leicester move up to eighth and Huddersfield drop to bottom
Last Updated: 23/09/18 10:37am
Leicester bounced back from two straight Premier League defeats to record a 3-1 victory over struggling Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium.
The visitors took an early lead through defender Mathias Jorgensen (5) but they could not hold onto that advantage, Kelechi Iheanacho finishing off a brilliant Leicester counter-attack (19) to level the scores.
After the break the hosts took full control of proceedings, going ahead thanks to James Maddison's free-kick (66) before Jamie Vardy made sure of all three points (75).
The victory moves Claude Puel's side up to eighth, while David Wagner's men drop to the foot of the table following their fourth defeat of the season.
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Amartey (6), Evans (7), Maguire (7), Chilwell (8), Ghezzal (5), Ndidi (7), Mendy (7), Maddison (8), Vardy (7), Iheanacho (7).
Subs: Gray (7), Albrighton (6), Okazaki (6).
Huddersfield: Lossl (6), Jorgensen (6), Schindler (6), Kongolo (6), Durm (6), Billing (7), Mooy (5), Lowe (7), Kachunga (6), Van La Parra (7), Depoitre (5).
Subs: Diakhaby (5), Pritchard (6).
Man of the match: James Maddison
Huddersfield started the brighter of the two sides and they were rewarded with a fifth-minute lead, Jorgensen finishing from close range after latching onto Laurent Depoitre's flick-on from Philip Billing's long throw.
Leicester were back on level terms 14 minutes later thanks to a brilliant counter-attacking goal. Erik Durm gifted possession to the hosts in midfield and, quick as a flash, Vardy was away. He laid the ball off to Iheanacho in the penalty area and the Nigeria international found the bottom corner with a first-time finish.
The hosts were growing into the game with the impressive Maddison running the show and his clever free-kick created an opening for Vardy, but the striker scuffed his volley wide of the far post.
Puel made three changes to the Leicester side that lost 4-2 to Bournemouth last weekend. Evans returned in place of the suspended Morgan, while Amartey and Iheanacho came in for Pereira and Gray.
Huddersfield made two changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace last weekend. Durm and Depoitre came into Wagner’s starting line-up in place of Hadergjonaj and Mounie.
Puel changed things up at the break, bringing on Demarai Gray for Rachid Ghezzal, although it was Maddison who turned the match in Leicester's favour with a powerful free-kick from a central position 25 yards out. Jonas Lossl did manage to get his right hand to the ball but he could not keep it out as it curled into the net.
Vardy made sure of his side's victory in the 75th minute with an excellent lofted finish after Iheanacho had slid a beautifully-weighted pass through for the former England striker.
3 - Jamie Vardy has found the net in his last three league appearances against Huddersfield. Habit.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 22, 2018
- Leicester have won nine of their last 10 league games against Huddersfield (D1), netting 28 goals in the process. They have also won each of their last eight home league meetings versus Huddersfield - the Foxes' longest current winning streak of that kind against any side in the league.
- Huddersfield have scored in five of their last six Premier League away games, finding the net in more away trips than in their first 16 in the competition (4 games scored in).
- Huddersfield defender Jorgensen scored his first goal for the club in all competitions in what was his 45th appearance for the club.
Man of the Match - James Maddison
Maddison has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water following his £22m summer move from Norwich.
He ran the show again for Leicester against Huddersfield, scoring his side's crucial second with a powerful free-kick to beat Lossl.
Maddison, who has been tipped for an England call-up, has now either scored or assisted (three goals, one assist) in four of his last five Premier League starts for Leicester.
Notes for Southgate
England have been crying out for a technical midfielder in recent matches and Maddison could be the man to fit that bill. He did his chances of a call-up to Southgate’s next squad absolutely no harm with a man-of-the-match performance against Huddersfield.
Ben Chilwell, who made his England debut earlier this month, also impressed on the left of Leicester’s defence, playing the full 90 minutes alongside Harry Maguire.
Demarai Gray, who was also called up to the England squad for the friendly against Switzerland, made an impact after being brought on by Puel at half-time.
Leicester are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Wolves in the third round of the Carabao Cup (7.45pm). Puel's side's next Premier League encounter is on Saturday at 3pm against Newcastle at St James' Park.
Huddersfield's next engagement is in the Premier League when they host Tottenham next Saturday at 3pm at the John Smith's Stadium.