Saturday, 27 February 2016

league leaders Leicester city 1-0 Norwich, Uloa score winner

Ulloa's late, late goal saved ​Leicester City from continuing to stumble in pursuit of the Premier League title, stealing a late win over Norwich on their comeback from last weekend's FA Cup break.

The home side failed to ever get into any kind of rhythm throughout the match, and were on the brink of failing to score for just the fourth time in the league all season with Norwich actually producing the game's best chances.

The Canaries were expected to provide the league leaders with a relatively straightforward chance to bounce back after a last-gasp defeat to Arsenal in their last match, but the Foxes failed to take advantage of their opponents' notoriously leaky defence until the dying minutes.

However, Ulloa's late strike allows Leicester to take a five point lead into Sunday's games and ramp up the pressure on their title rivals - with Tottenham and Arsenal facing Swansea City and Manchester United respectively in the weekend's final league games.

Leicester spent most of the match looking half a step short of the form which has seen them rise to the top of the Premier League table. Passes which had previously found their man were underhit by half a yard, shots flew the wrong side of the post, and crosses either whistled just past the nose of their intended targets or cannoned into the first defender.

The rustiness could have been down to the two week break between games for the Foxes, and seemed to affect some players more than others. N'Golo Kante was typically energetic, while Robert Huth remained an absolute rock at the back - but the likes of Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton appeared to be lacking their trademark sharpness.
1 - Leicester did not manage a shot on target against Norwich until the 58th minute & opened the scoring in the 89th.

Fortunately for Claudio Ranieri's side, the visiting side also had similar problems going forward. Cameron Jerome played the role of toothless cog in the machine, his issues most prominent when he flicked a header wide from right in front of goal, under little pressure.

In the end, it was super-sub Ulloa who got the last-minute winner, having come off the bench for the 15th time in the league this season with just a quarter of an hour remaining.

Albrighton's low cross across the face of goal squeezed just past the forest of yellow shirts to reach the Argentine at the back post, who calmly slotted home to keep the Foxes bang in the race for a most unlikely Premier League title.

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