Leicester City's twenty game unbeaten run at home came to an end with a 2-1 defeat to strugglers West Bromwich Albion.
There's never an easy game in the Premier League, and it's to be expected that a Tony Pulis side would come back in organized fashion after a 4-0 thrashing this past weekend, but that leaves no excuses for a first half that was nothing short of dire from the home side, who failed to register a shot on target, or create any real chance in the half. Even with a European trip midweek, there's no excuse for being that poor against a side that'd previously been winless in their past 5 matches.
Ron-Robert Zieler took over for the injured Kasper Schmeichel in between the sticks, and proved his worth inside 2 minutes after Matty Phillips drilled a low shot across the face of goal, which the German was able to get his fingertips on to prevent an early deficit.
Despite that early save, Zieler looked rather uncomfortable dealing with routine back passes, and nearly paid the price after Salomon Rondon got his body in front of one of these clearances, only for the resulting deflection to go over the bar. Rondon was back at it again in the 35th minute, chasing down a back pass only for Zieler to clear it away just in the nick of time. Offensively the Foxes got literally nothing rolling, seemingly content to punt calls towards a towering West Brom back 4.
The Foxes introduced Jamie Vardy to liven things up in the second half, but conceded shortly after in the 52nd minute as James Morrison nodded a Phillips cross home to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
That seemed to wake the Foxes up, as they instantly responded through Islam Slimani. Leicester's record signing got on the end of a Riyad Mahrez cross to head home and level the scoring at 1-1. Hint of an offside, but they all count.
From there things really started to heat up. Phillips cleared a Robert Huth header off the line after a corner, only for it to be pulled back for a foul in the 60th minute. West Brom nearly doubled their lead in the 70th, after the Foxes struggled to cope with a corner, Danny Simpson having to clear it off the line to rescue the home side.
Unfortunately the visitors did grab their second after Danny Drinkwater, who really hasn't done much wrong all season, handed a gift of an under-hit back pass to Phillips, who graciously took it, dinking the ball over Zieler to make it 2-1. Awful.
Leicester came close in the 75th minute after a glancing header from Vardy went wide at the near post. Andy King also had a chance to grab the equalizer, his free header falling straight into the hands of Ben Foster in the 80th minute.
Overall, a poor display from the Foxes that leaves them sitting in 14th position. Considering a win could've placed us in the top half of the table and continued our decent spell of form into the International Break, it's a tough pill to swallow. West Brom were deserved winners, as Leicester look to recover from their European hangover with what is now a much needed break.