Leicester City was not in good form on Saturday but still took three points from Brighton & Hove Albion. It was an extremely dull contest for about 75 minutes, but was salvaged by a late surge in action (this is commonplace for the Foxes these days). Though the team may not have deserved to get a win, it was a welcomed development in the race for seventh place.
Kasper Schmeichel - 8
It was a heroic effort from Schmeichel who made a few key saves, most notable of which was the game-saving penalty save. Without him three points would have been impossible.
Danny Simpson - 6
A much safer performance than his last with a healthy emphasis on defending rather than marauding up the wing and launching countless bad crosses. He was, however, beaten down the wing a few times.
Wes Morgan - 7
The captain was steady with two tackles, two interceptions, and five clearances to his name.
Harry Maguire - 7
He was guilty of a few poor giveaways in a brief stretch of the game, but bounced back with an awesome defensive effort.
Ben Chilwell - 9
It was the best performance Chilwell has put in in a while. He stifled Brighton on the defensive end to the tune of three tackles, one interception, and seven clearances. He also paired that with a much more efficient offensive effort and a game-winning cross assist.
Riyad Mahrez - 6
It was a somewhat uneven performance for the Algerian. He went through a stretch where he repeatedly lost possession of the ball, but later atoned with some of the more inventive moves in City’s attack.
Wilfred Ndidi - 6
Ndidi played a mostly solid, yet unspectacular game until he was sent off in the 87th minute. The second yellow, however, was probably undeserved and clearly left him distraught.
Wilfred Ndidi collapses to his knees as he's sent off for a second yellow card.— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) March 31, 2018
He doesn't want to leave the field, and has to be forced up and off the pitch.
He's convinced it's a dive from Duffy. He might have a point.
Vicente Iborra - 7
Iborra, like much of the rest of the team, went through a stretch in the first half where he could not make a correct move. Still, he came back and ended with a 90 percent pass completion rate (of course) and the game-winning header.
Marc Albrighton - 5
He was surprisingly uninvolved. The man works harder than almost anybody in all of his appearances, but barely got on the ball in this one and gave it away too easily when he did.
Shinji Okazaki - 5
Another surprisingly dim performance from a Leicester workhorse. He was subbed off in the 55th minute with just 21 touches and 15 passes to his name.
Jamie Vardy - 7
Was given very little service and was a non-factor for much of the much. Of course, he still sealed it with a 95th minute goal because he’s Jamie Vardy.
Fousseni Diabaté - 6
Came on for Shinji and showed bursts of energy and endeavor but wasn’t a consistent threat.
Demarai Gray - 7
Didn’t have time to do too much as a 78th minute sub, but still made an impact with his beautiful assist to Vardy to end the contest.
Christian Fuchs - 6
The last sub of the day was on the pitch for about 11 stressful, short-handed minutes in which he did his job safely.
The win was important for the Foxes as they looked to keep pace with Burnley after their win over West Bromwich Albion. Three points wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Kasper Schmeichel, but he barely loses out to Ben Chilwell for Man of the Match.