Leicester Vs Hull – Leicester City’s pre-season campaign begins with a Championship clash with Hull City at the MKM Stadium on Wednesday night.
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Patterson Dhaka opened the scoring with a fine goal before the half-hour mark, then what appeared to be a stronger XI in the second game sealed the result within minutes of the restart.
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Leicester sealed the match – and the inaugural Corendon Cup, no less – within six minutes of the start. After Dhaka’s first-half opener – which you can read about in our first-half player ratings here – Fox quickly disappeared.
Boubakery Soumare ran forward from the ball and fed Harvey Barnes on his left. In typical Barnes fashion, the forward opened up his body and tried to shoot at the far side of the goal. Instead, his effort deflected off defender Tobias Figueiredo and sent Matt Ingram the wrong way.
Hull then took their eyes off the ball. Moments later, James Maddison, struggling desperately for a free-kick near the bottom corner, received the ball on the right after some good teamwork, and he beat Wesley Fofana at the far post.
Six minutes into the second half, the game ended 3-0. Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy almost combined to devastating effect when the former delivered an excellent ball to the latter at the back post but Vardy was unable to keep his volley under the crossbar.
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Then came Madison’s lone brilliance. Charging forward with the ball, he challenged previous efforts before taking the corner of the net.
Apart from the result, the performances of some people here pleased Brendan Rodgers; Dennis Praet, Soumare’s flash and a 90-minute confidence boost for keeper Daniel Iversen.
The sides will be split again on Saturday when one team takes on Preston North End and the other Derby County.
Jordan Rodgers’ final word at the weekend was that Maddison was the best he had seen in his three-and-a-half-year tenure as manager, and that goal was further proof of that. It is great skill, awareness and calmness. As at the weekend, City are an attacking threat with the back four and Maddison and Barnes in midfield. But this time, the most important thing was that they remained strong in defence, their control of possession meant that Iversen had a quiet second half. After Rodgers showed the reality of the transfer situation at the weekend, the win and that performance will be welcome to reinvigorate the club and build enthusiasm for the new campaign. In Rodgers’ entire tenure, this might be the best preseason display they’ve produced.
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That’s it. It ends 4-0 to the Foxes at the MKM Stadium. That’s the Corandon Cup!
Leicester’s second half XI and Brendan Rodgers took to the corner to thank the traveling Leicester fans – they were entertained tonight, especially the second half XI.
A piece of James Madison’s highest personal quality. Overcame challenges, moved forward and coolly finished in the corner.
And Wesley Fofana’s treatment is over. Jacob Greaves was defending the ball in his own corner when the defender was challenged.
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Greaves went to ground, Leicester had a shot on goal but Fofana was unable to recover. While the others are drinking, the medical team sees him.
The drive from Soumare for Barnes’ goal was exactly what he was signed to deliver, but he did nothing to put his future in doubt. He was Ligue 1’s top dribbler the season before he joined City and clearly has the speed to outrun players and the strength to shrug off anyone who tries to close him down, but he lacks urgency and confidence. Do it regularly in blue. Fofana showed his aerial skills in the box for the third goal which City will need to use more often now that he is fit again. His height, leap and desire to get on the ball make him dangerous in the box. He is the man to target when Maddison and Dewsbury-Hall offer set pieces.
Big shot from distance from Soumare and Ingram has to clear it. It was a bright start for the midfielder at the start of the half.
Much has been said about his future after an undercooked first season, but between that strikeout, his assist for Barnes and his overall defensive work, he looks like a guy with a point to prove.
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Also, by the start of this second half, City had settled this friendly (and the Jazzy Corondon Cup, of course).
Fofana was in the penalty area and met a cross from Maddison. He ends the post. It’s a good team goal, formation and all.
At the start of the second half, it was two! Soumare fed Harvey Barnes on the edge of the penalty area, opening his body and looking to fire a shot into the far corner.
I think Figueredo, the guard, took the shot that ended up hitting Ingram. Barnes is a bit dumbfounded when Justin greets him, overlapping to run.
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Rodgers will have been happy with the result of that goal as City went ahead. He wants his team to produce a stronger performance in the Premier League, as none of the European football teams are tired this season. Daka’s willingness to take shots and shoot with one foot is a big advantage. So far in his City career, there have been many examples of him scoring runs from the left with an early strike, rather than cutting to his preferred right.
With two sets of outfielders slated to play tonight, you can check out how the first group of our first half player rankings played here.
The reason it was loose in the first place was because the Belgian was pressing, putting pressure on Seri and taking the ball into his possession when Daka got hold of the loose ball and aimed to score.
On the subject of Pret, he’s generally impressed so far. Leicester fans have seen a lot of him over the years, but tonight his range of passing alongside Tielemans caught the eye.
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We now turn to Jordan Blackwell, who took some time out of his holiday to watch over City tonight. Here’s what he had to say about the opening half-time at the MKM Stadium…
Playing in the wing-backs seems to get the most of Castagne, who has the technical qualities as well as the pace and strength needed to be effective both forward and back. That’s especially true of Tielemans on the pitch, as the midfielder is always looking for points from his Belgian compatriot. For Thomas on the other hand, a wing-back role does not suit him. He doesn’t have the speed to get close to people so he needs players to support him and play one-twos with him. As for Vestergaard, he seems more comfortable in the middle of the back three. With Amartey and Soyuncu lining up against him for protection, his lack of pace is more likely to be exposed.
This is very normal. Hiding in the final third, Daka beats the ball past a Hull defender and stays in goal.
His finish was truly comprehensive, left-footed and curled into goal past Matt Ingram. Hull gave as good as they got in this first half, but that is to say the quality of the Premier League.
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After City defended a corner (!), they came forward with Pratt and Tielemans. The latter was sent into the box to try to meet a ball he could hold on to, but fell after colliding with Jacob Greaves.
The Belgian is not a happy bunny and wants punishment, but the ref is having none of it. No goals yet.
The city overshadowed it in its early stages. Daka had already caused some nerves when veteran Forest defender Tobias Figueiredo lunged at him and ran at him, but he dragged his shot wide.
Then captain Tillemans failed to catch a ball that landed on the edge of the box. Tielemans and Pratt are starting to settle down.
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Hull had a fantastic turnout tonight. With the acquisition and influx of new signings, there is a lot of optimism surrounding the position ahead of the new season, Fulham old boy Jean-Michel Seri.
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