Leicester produced a thoroughly professional performance to beat West Brom 3-0. The victory helped them strengthen their grip on third in the Premier League. Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, and Kelechi Iheanacho scored a goal apiece in a span of 13 minutes to put the game beyond the reach of the Baggies. The Baggie’s hopes of an unlikely escape have been dented further.
The game was open right from the go with Kelechi Iheanacho squandering a golden opportunity with a bad touch. His touch allowed Johnstone to close the forward down. Mbaye Diagne missed his kick completely yards from goal within moments of Ihanacho missing.
Leicester grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck midway through the first half. Youri Tilemans broke the Baggies’ offside trap to put Timothy Castagne through. The Belgian defender unselfishly squared the pass to Jamie Vardy. Vardy gave the keeper the eyes and finished at the near post. It was the English striker’s first goal since February.
The goal seemed to take the air out of the sails of West Brom as they conceded a second soon after. A Leicester corner was deflected by Callum Robinson and found the head of Jonny Evans who headed home. Shortly after James Madison found Castagne who’s effort ricocheted off the post.
For the third, Vardy turned Dara O’Shea brilliantly before squaring it to strike partner Iheanacho. The Nigerian finished brilliantly to give the Foxes a 3-0 lead. This was his 11th goal in eight games. Before the final whistle, he could easily have had a hattrick had it not been for wasteful finishing.
Player ratings (Leicester 3-0 West Brom)
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Castagne (8), Fofana (7), Evans (9), Soyuncu (7), Thomas (7), Ndidi (7), Tielemans (7), Maddison (7), Iheanacho (7), Vardy (8).
Subs used: Albrighton (6), Perez (6), Praet (6).
West Brom: Johnstone (6), Furlong (5), Bartley (5), O’Shea (5), Townsend (5), Maitland-Niles (5), Yokuslu (6), Phillips (6), Pereira (6), Robinson (5), Diagne (4).
Subs used: Ajayi (6), Robson-Kanu (6), Grant (6).
Man of the match: Jonny Evans