Leicester City’s up-and-down season continued with a miserable performance against relegation-battling Southampton. Despite having a man advantage for the entire second half, the Foxes were unable to take any points from the game. The 2-1 loss was a fitting result for a dull performance from most of the squad.
Kasper Schmeichel - 5
Gave the ball away cheaply leading up to Southampton’s penalty. He also may have unnecessarily knocked Shane Long’s shot into his own net.
Ricardo Pereira - 7
One of the most active players in attack. There wasn’t much happening outside of his runs off the ball. He also attacked the defense, beat a defender, and played a perfect pull-back pass to create Wilf’s goal.
Wes Morgan - 5.5
Was nowhere near the action on Southampton’s second goal, though it would be unfair to blame him for it entirely. He also had a shot cleared off the line.
Harry Maguire - 6
Used plenty in attack, especially in the second half. He was credited with four shots, two of which were on target. He also finished the day with three key passes.
Ben Chilwell - 5.5
Struggled in defense in the first half, but improved after Yan Valery was sent off. He also made two key passes in attack.
Nampalys Mendy - 4
Just a disaster of a game for him. Needlessly bundled over Shane Long who had his back to goal at the edge of the box, giving away a penalty which resulted in Southampton’s first goal. He was then beaten cleanly by Shane Long en route to the second goal. He was then subbed off at the half.
Wilfred Ndidi - 6
The one-way traffic in the second half limited the defensive work that he usually thrives on. In attack he wasn’t particularly effective outside of a goal that he may or may not have scored with his pelvis (or perhaps his knee).
Hamza Choudhury - 6
In a game where City was mostly in attack he still provided two tackles and three interceptions. He was subbed off in the 75th minute when there was basically no defending left to be done.
Marc Albrighton - 5
Came off at the half without having made much impact aside from simply being the player Yan Valery fouled resulting in his second yellow.
Jamie Vardy - 5
It’s not the first time he’s been starved of service, but it may have been the worst time. He played the full 90 without making a dent on the proceedings.
James Maddison - 7
It may sound hard to believe, but Madders piled up eight key passes in this game. He also completed two dribbles and drew two fouls. In a game where the team mostly settled for bad shots it was Maddison creating most of the good chances.
Demarai Gray - 6
Came on at the half and did plenty of running, completed two dribbles, and was credited with two key passes. Some may question some of his decisions but in a game where the team struggled to break down the opponent he was at least trying things.
Harvey Barnes - 6
Also came on at the half and had a few nifty touches. Unfortunately he couldn’t quite break through the defense, though he did come close at the far-post on one occasion.
Rachid Ghezzal - 5.5
Came on for Choudhury in the 75th minute. Ran at the defense on a few occasions but didn’t really threaten much.
*all stats courtesy of whoscored.com
It was a frustrating game that will do nothing to quell the unrest surrounding the club. The loss dropped the Foxes to eighth in the Premier League table which may sound decent, but the number of wasted opportunities will surely disappoint many.
Likewise most of the players themselves were disappointing against the Saints. A man advantage wasn’t enough as City lacked any creativity and resorted to whipping the ball around the wings and failing to crack the defense. Still, the Fosse Posse Man of the Match had to be Ricardo Pereira for being the only player to consistently attempt to make things happen and actually make something happen. He’s making quite a habit out of this MOTM thing.