After last week’s impressive win over Liverpool , I said wait until we’ve seen how they do against Hull before jumping to any conclusions. The come back is still only two games old, mind, but another 3-1 win was very reassuring for Leicester City fans.
This win showed us that they can get it done against teams trying to stop the Foxes playing our game (or the exact opposite of Liverpool and Man City), but there was more to it than that. They also went behind, but didn’t fall apart. They held it together, kept up what they were doing well and turned the game around. These players couldn’t do that a few weeks ago.
Kasper Schmeichel - 7
Unfortunate to push the ball right into Clucas’ path, but made up for it with some good saves later. You can see his vocal leadership and it felt important in making sure one goal didn't turn into more this time.
17 - Leicester haven't won any of the 17 previous Premier League games in which they've conceded first this season (D3 L14). Uphill.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2017
Danny Simpson - 7
A quiet day for Simpson. he was rarely troubled, but generally got the job done when he was.
Wes Morgan - 7
Another solid defensive outing, which is reassuring to see. He’s really not that good o the ball though.
Robert Huth - 7
He’s starting to look intimidating again. He wins the ball in the air and attackers won't mess with him.
Christian Fuchs - 8
More than any other position group, this defensive line has had a complete turnaround. Yes, it’s suspicious, but they’re certainly getting it done. Fuchs is contributing at both ends again.
Riyad Mahrez - 8
He was about to be brought off for Gray just as he scored, and he really wasn't having a great day to that point. It certainly started to look like last year though, didn't it? He was turning defenders inside out.
Riyad Mahrez has been frustrated with himself. We told him to go out there and be himself. It is the Mahrez of old with the goal he scored - Shakey was happy with Mahrez’s contribution and why wouldn't he be?
Danny Drinkwater - 7
Looks really keen to get on the ball again. At times struggled to run the game as Riyad drifted over into his space, but he did his job pretty well throughout.
Wilfred Ndidi - 6
I’m already being overly harsh on Ndidi because my expectations are so high. His defensive work was great again, including in the air. His passing was bad though. Teammates were consistently having to move to get balls he sent their way, and he set up the counter for the Hull goal.
Marc Albrighton - 7
Not much has changed here all year. He still works hard and puts in plenty of crosses. Its the quality that’s up and down, though, and it has been all year.
Shinji Okazaki - 7
The work rate, the energy, the passing, the defensive work, it all looks like it did last year. Now I remember why we love the guy.
Jamie Vardy - 9
If anyone ever asks you what ‘running the channels’ means, just show them this game. If anyone ever asks why it’s important...show them this game. Pretty much everything good came from Vardy getting into the space down the left and putting the ball into great areas.
Demarai Gray - 7
One day he’ll learn to pass or he’ll start finding the net and on that day he’ll become one of the better players in the country. I’m sure of it.
Islam Slimani - 6
It was good to see him back and it was good to see him working hard for the team. Had no real chance to make an impact on the game, though.
Just a real reassuring performance all around and one that really gives me hope that this season is going to end on a high again. So much of that seems to come from Jamie Vardy, who was my Man of the Match. Let me know if you disagree.