Leicester Home Drew 2 – 2
Back to a more familiar Southampton line up to face Leicester, with Peraud, Lyanco and Broja all making way – the last-in-first-out principle. Somehow Tella made it into the starting XI and impressed with his enthusiasm, which has never been in doubt. He also contributed an assist as part of a corner routine that surprised spectators as much as the visitors; it didn’t surprise the centre backs, though, and when Salisu’s effort was just about saved by Schmeichel, Bednarek was able to dispatch the loose ball. 87 minutes remained for Saints to hold out, but McCarthy’s current form put paid to that idea, with a stop from Ndidi’s weak shot just giving the ball back to Evans who matched Bednarek at the other end. Lo and behold, goal-shy Saints came back to score a second before the break, and a very good one too, when Adams stretched to get in a fine header from Redmond’s cross and give his side a deserved interval lead. Such a situation has proved to be a recipe for disaster so many times and if Leicester were second best for the first 45 minutes, they looked the more likely to score throughout the second instalment – they levelled quite early on in the piece through Maddison finding a gap at McCarthy’s near post. The beleaguered keeper certainly made amends, though, by saving from Barnes but he wasn’t called upon at all when Vardy, of all people, spurned the game’s most presentable chance, assisted by Walker-Peters’ misplaced pass. Ralph’s substitutions to create something at the other end seemed to be the wrong way round, but he could have been hailed had Elyounoussi been just a bit closer with more or less his first touch. In truth we didn’t do enough to earn a win, but a-point-a-time doesn’t take you far up the table.
LSSC Man of the Match: Che Adams for his goal.
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