Leicester 3-2 Aston Villa: Foxy comeback

Date published: Sunday 13th September 2015 5:56

Jamie Vardy: Quickest man in the top flight

CL-bound Leicester City completed an astonishing comeback with a Nathan Dyer header to triumph Aston Villa and go second in the table.

Villa were 2-0 up thanks to sumptuous goals from Jack Grealish and Carles Gil, but the Foxes then kicked into gear to maintain their unbeaten record with a remarkable 3-2 victory.

With 18 minutes left on the clock, Ritchie de Laet’s header made it 2-1 before Jamie Vardy slid in to make it 2-2.

A point was not enough for this gutsy Leicester side, with debutant Dyer bravely throwing his head onto a long ball and getting himself hurt by Villa keeper Brad Guzan in the process.

Winger Dyer remained on the floor for a couple of minutes, but eventually got to his feet to take the acclaim.

There was a let-off for Leicester early on when Gil sent Gabriel Agbonlahor racing clear and his low cross to the far post was just beyond the reach of Scott Sinclair, who at full stretch poked the ball wide.

The Foxes also had an early chance when Wes Morgan shrugged off Jordan Amavi to meet Marc Albrighton’s cross but powered his header over the crossbar.

Grealish spurned a terrific chance to give Villa the lead in the 24th minute when he steered his shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel. But when presented with a similar opportunity just before half-time, the youngster did not make the same error.

Leicester struggled to clear a corner and the ball bobbled around a crowded penalty area before breaking to the edge of the box where Grealish curled home a lovely right-footed shot beyond a possibly unsighted Schmeichel.

The sheer joy on Grealish’s face was there for all to see as he ran towards his manager Tim Sherwood. He had longed for that first goal for the club since he was a child playing football round the back of the Aston Social Club in the shadow of Villa Park.

Leicester emerged for the second half full of vigour. Jeff Schlupp burst into the box and cut the ball back for Vardy whose instinctive back-heel flick rolled narrowly wide.

Vardy then raced clear into the area but Micah Richards remained with him and got a crucial block on the striker’s shot.

It was somewhat against the run of play when Villa extended their lead in the 63rd minute. Agbonlahor broke free down the left and played a square pass to Gil who guided a lovely curling shot around defender Robert Huth and back into the top corner of the net from 22 yards.

Midway through the second half Leicester had a big shout for a penalty turned down by referee Mike Dean when Vardy’s burst into the box was halted by Leandro Bacuna.

Shortly afterwards De Laet halved Leicester’s deficit. His near-post flick from Riyad Mahrez’s corner looked like it might have been headed safely off the line by Ashley Westwood but goal-line technology alerted Dean that the ball had crossed.

Vardy then sent a shot into the side-netting as Leicester sensed they could still get something from the game.

They were right – they could. Mahrez’s mazy run forward set up Danny Drinkwater and his low cross was poked home by Vardy with eight minutes still to play.

The pressure on Villa was relentless and Dyer, on at half-time for Shinji Okazaki, immediately endeared himself to Foxes fans when he bravely got between two Villa defenders to head home before running into Guzan.

Mahrez almost added some gloss to the scoreline, which would have been harsh on Villa, with a curling effort which flew narrowly wide.

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