Leicester City 1-2 West Brom: Drinkwater mistake dooms Leicester home streak

  • West Brom took the lead through Morrison
  • Leicester got back level straight away from Slimani
  • Baggies won it as Phillips pounced on a mistake

Of all the teams to break the streak, it’s 17th placed West Brom.

Leicester City was beaten at home for the first time in 20 league matches after Danny Drinkwater gifted Matt Phillips the game winner with 18 minutes to go.

West Brom nearly struck just two minutes in, as Phillips snatched the ball off the Foxes in their own half, but he fired wide on the break. The visitors looked the more dangerous through 20 minutes, with James Morrison finding Chris Brunt on a run, forcing Ron-Robert Zieler off his line to make an important stop off his line.

Leicester slowly worked their way forward, and finally had a big chance on net just before the half-hour mark when Riyad Mahrez lashed a ball in from the right looking for Islam Slimani, but it just missed the striker’s diving head, and Gareth McCauley made sure it was cleared back out.

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That was just about it for the first half, as neither side threatened much in the opening 45 minutes. With few chances up front, Leicester City boss Claudio Raneiri brought on Jamie Vardy for the second half in place of Shinji Okazaki. Despite this, West Brom remained the most dangerous side in the opening minutes of the second half.

The Baggies would take advantage and strike first for a deserved lead. They switched the ball out wide right to Phillips, and he fizzed in another slicing cross that met the head of James Morrison who redirected it inside the far post.

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The goal woke the Foxes, and they would respond immediately. Just three minutes after West Brom led, Mahrez sent in a cross, and somehow, none of the four West Brom defenders saw Slimani sneak past them to meet the ball with his head completely unmarked. There was no chance for Ben Foster to save it and Leicester pulled level.

The Foxes nearly had another just two minutes later, as Ahmed Musa burst past his defender and into the left edge of the box. He looked for the cutback as Vardy lay in waiting at the penalty spot, but Jonny Evans got just a slight nick of the pass, wrong-footing Vardy and ending the opportunity.

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West Brom continued to prove dangerous on set-pieces, with Craig Dawson forcing a save from Zieler on a corner. The next corner saw the ball nearly poked in again before being cleared. That was a foreshadow, as the Baggies would go back in front on a huge mistake by Danny Drinkwater.

The English midfielder tried to pass back to Zieler from the halfway line, and he didn’t get nearly enough on it, instead gifting Phillips a free one-on-one. The summer signing grabbed his first goal for the club by dinking the ball in as Zieler closed, retaking the lead for the visitors with 18 minutes to go. They nearly gave it back yet again, as Dawson came close to putting one into his own net, and Jamie Vardy moments later should have scored on the end of a cross from Christian Fuchs.

Leicester pressed looking to keep their home record unscathed, and Andy King had a big chance to head home a Mahrez cross, but put it right at Foster.