Leicester City broke the record for the best-ever start in Championship history after 12 games, sweeping aside in-form Swansea 3-1. For once, the Foxes went behind despite having the better of proceedings. Parity was restored from an unlikely source just before half-time. Leicester then showed their supreme quality to pull away into the lead before Kelechi Iheanacho made the game safe with a late goal. In reality, LCFC could have scored several more goals, if not for some wasteful finishing. Here’s how FoL rated the players:
Leicester City starting XI:
Mads Hermansen: 7/10- A good performance from the Dane who was alert to mop up his team-mates mistakes. Made saves at crucial times, with the highlight being an acrobatic stop to deny Liam Cullen at 1-1.
Ricardo Pereira: 6/10- Not quite as slick from the Portuguese today, who made a couple of uncharacteristic errors, having to be bailed out by his team-mates. Did redeem himself somewhat by playing the pass leading to Iheanacho’s goal.
Wout Faes: 7/10- A solid display with his drilled long passes to Stephy Mavididi being particularly good.
Jannik Vestergaard: 7/10- Continued his renaissance with his first goal for the club at a crucial time, albeit after some luck. His lack of pace nearly caught the Foxes out, with Vestergaard lucky his attempted challenge made no contact with his man.
James Justin: 6/10- Solid defensively, keeping his opposing numbers quiet, but lacked composure at times on the ball.
Harry Winks: 7/10- Really came alive in the second half as Leicester City took a vice-like grip on the game. Controlled the tempo with a variety of passes whilst also making a couple of crucial blocks to prevent Swansea chances.
Wilfried Ndidi: 6/10- Got into some great positions but poor finishing and a lack of composure really let him down. His dummy did set up Abdul Fatawu’s goal though.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: 8/10- A cut above once again. Really incisive on the ball in support of Stephy Mavididi as well as with his decisions (generally) when to make the pass. Got an assist too to cap off a good performance.
Stephy Mavididi: 8/10- Much better from the winger who has been given constructive criticism by Maresca recently. He ran Josh Key ragged in the first-half and was unfortunate not to have at least one assist after one explosive run.
Jamie Vardy: 5/10- Lacked the finishing touch that he has had in recent weeks, probably should have had two goals.
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku: 7/10- A busy display, with his goal coming at an important time, his first for the club. Other than that, not everything came off but he was so involved that he still was able to make things happen.
Yunus Akgun: 5/10- Unable to make a significant impact before limping off shortly after coming on.
Kelechi Iheanacho: 7/10- Continued his goalscoring form with a (slightly) fortunate goal.
Conor Coady: N/A- Not on the pitch long enough to make an impact.
Hamza Choudhury: N/A- Not on the pitch long enough to make an impact.