Leicester City 1:2 Southampton – Ndidi’s strike not enough as 10-man Saint defeat the Foxes

Leicester City v Southampton

It’s another sad day in office for Claude Puel whose men lost to 10-man Southampton at the King Power stadium.

Leicester City were surprisingly bundled out of FA Cup by a non-league side Newport County last weekend. They were hoping to return to winning ways against a resurgent Southampton side but they could not achieve that.

Southampton, at the other hand, are enjoying a massive turnaround since Ralph Hasenhüttl was hired by the club’s hierarchy last month.

Having played seven matches under the new gaffer, they have won two, lose four (including defeats to City and Tottenham) and drawn one.

Despite seeing one of their men being sent off in the first half of the game, the Saints still managed to get a vital win in their desire to step out of the danger zone.

Match Report

It took the Saints only 11 minutes to break the deadlock as James Ward-Prowse converted from the spot.

Nampalys Mendy brought down Shane Long in the box and the centre referee Michael Oliver pointed straight to the spot.

The impressive striker stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick and he made no error to put the ball into Schmeichel’s net.

In the 45th minute, the away side saw their defender Yan Valery received his marching order having been booked for the second time in the game.

However, Valery’s departure didn’t stop the Saints from scoring their second of the night in the first half’s stoppage time. Shane Long was at the middle of it again as his shot  found its way pass helpless Schmeichel into the net.

SECOND HALF

The second half saw a much-improved Leicester City side. They were hungrier as they hope to pick at least a point from the encounter.

Impressive defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi scored a screamer in the 58th minute to half the deficit. The Nigerian’s goal lifts up the Foxes spirit who vehemently searched for an equalizer but it failed to come.

Ndidi, Gray, Vardy, and Chiwell all had a go at goal but their respective efforts failed to hit the target. It  ended 2-1 in favor of the visiting side and that condemned the Foxes to three consecutive defeats in all competitions.

Southampton are now in the 15th position while Leicester City have moved down to the eight position in the League’s standings.