Dominant Leicester up to second as first-half strikes down Villa

First-half goal by James Maddison and Harvey Barnes gave Leicester a deserved 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Maddison struck in the 19th minute. After receiving the ball in the D, he fired a shot around Tyrone Mings and into the corner.

Emiliano Martinez may have felt he could have done better after getting a touch on the ball. The Foxes were dominant and it was no surprise when they went 2-0 up four minutes later through Harvey Barnes.

And again questions will be asked of Martinez. Jamie Vardy’s powerful shot was straight at the keeper. But he spilled it, allowing Barnes to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

Dean Smith’s men managed to get a foothold in the game as the half progressed. But Leicester were good value for their two-goal lead.

Villa were not at the races in the first period but pulled one back three minutes after the interval. Matt Targett’s cross was helped on by John McGinn and finally fell to Bertrand Traore.

He hammered it past Kasper Schmeichel to give the Villans some hope with their first shot on target.

The game really opened up during the second 45 minutes. Maddison forced a decent save from Martinez with a free-kick on the hour mark.

But the England man was forced off on 65 minutes with a hip complaint.

The game ebbed and flowed with Vardy a constant threat with his pace in behind. Villa were on the front foot in the final few minutes of the encounter.

But the visitors held on for an excellent three points.


Full report to follow…

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