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Leicester lose another match on the road, falling 1-0 to Bournemouth

Claudio Ranieri’s 200th Premier League game was one to forget, as the Foxes put in another dismal away performance.

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

To the surprise of no one, Leicester lost another game on the road, this time falling 1-0 to Bournemouth in forgettable fashion.

After a performance reminiscent of last season at the weekend, many Foxes fans hoped that would give the team the confidence to push on and string some results together.

Unfortunately the team reverted back to their recent selves, putting in a performance that looked lacklustre at best.

It didn't start off all too badly for the visitors. Although Bournemouth spent the majority of the opening minutes playing keep-away, Leicester nearly snatched the lead through Jamie Vardy, who was played clean through by Mahrez only for Boruc to race out of his goal. That immediate instinct seemed to startle Vardy, as he took a heavy touch around the keeper, forcing him into an awkward angle, his shot being cleared off the line in a last-ditch effort by Cook in the seventh minute.

Had that gone in, Leicester might've had a chance to get something out of this game. Although Bournemouth didn't have many opportunities of their own, they were calm in possession, playing it around in search of an opening.

Leicester almost gifted them this opening through Ron-Robert Zieler, who decided to punt a goal-kick straight into Benik Afobe. Although the striker was camped on the edge of the area, it looked like a Sunday League error. Long story short, Bournemouth nearly bagged an easy goal while Zieler attempted to recover, and from there you could tell a goal was coming.

That goal came on 34 minutes, after Bournemouth found space down their right hand flank, easily getting into the area before the ball was cut back to Afobe, whose first time strike was saved brilliantly by Zieler, only for Marc Pugh to launch the rebound home on the volley to make it 1-0 to the Cherries.

From there it seemed fairly clear Leicester weren't going to get anything out of the result. Last season when we went a goal down you'd generally see an instant response from the team, and we'd generally push on to grab an equalizer and often times a winner. When this team goes a goal down, you have no confidence. At best you're expecting a late fight-back for a draw.

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

The team went through the motions for the early stages in the second half, lacking any real intensity in attack, as well as the basic ability to string a couple passes together.

Leicester finally began to pick up the pace in the final 15 minutes of the game. Robert Huth made solid contact with a header, but it flashed wide of the far post.

Shinji Okazaki had an excellent opportunity in the 86th minute as Leicester continued to push foreword, breaking through the Bournemouth defence, only for his low goal-bound shot to be blocked by Cook, another goal-saving challenge.

Leonardo Ulloa nearly snatched the point in stoppage time after a scramble in the box, his shot from point-blank range superbly batted away by Boruc to hand the Foxes their 6th away loss of the campaign.

You could put it down to luck, but Bournemouth were far from stellar, and they bossed us for long periods of the game. We clearly have no clear game plan other than having the defenders lump it forewords and lack really any presence in the center of the park. That may change with Danny Drinkwater's imminent return to the side, but for now the Foxes have some glaring issues that need to be addressed, otherwise we might as well chalk up this weekend’s trip to Stoke as a loss.