Jonny Evans’ header ensured that Leicester City keeps their Champions League hopes firmly on track. Leicester avoided defeat against 10-man Southampton at Saint Mary’s. The Saints must have seen flashbacks of their 9-0 defeat last season when Jannik Vestegaar was sent off. The referee interpreted his tackle on Jamie Vardy as denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Southampton restricted Leicester and their inform striker Kelechi Iheanacho to a few half chances thereafter. They were then awarded a penalty on the hour mark when Iheanacho was adjudged to have handled the ball. James Ward-Prowse stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick to make it 1-0.
Iheanacho redeemed himself seven minutes later when his cross found the head of Jonny Evans. The Saints then held on for the remainder of the game to earn a share of the spoils.
Southampton: McCarthy (7), Walker-Peters (7), Vestergaard (5), Bednarek (7), Stephens (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Armstrong (6), Minamino (5), Tella (5), Adams (6), Redmond (6).
Subs: Salisu (6), Diallo (6), N’Lundulu (n/a).
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Castagne (6), Evans (7), Fofana (6), Soyuncu (6), Thomas (6), Ndidi (6), Maddison (6), Tielemans (6), Iheanacho (6), Vardy (6).
Subs: Perez (6), Albrighton (6).
Man of the match: Kyle Walker-Peters
Ralph Hasenhuttl: “We deserve a big credit. We can discuss the red card, but how we bounced back was amazing, how we tried to defend everything we could.” he said. “Apart from the goal how we defended in and around was amazing. After the red card, we deserved something from the game. Vestergaard had a bad touch but then played the ball back to the goalkeeper. He plays the ball, a simple pass.”
Brendan Rodgers: “I’m a little frustrated, we didn’t do enough to win the game.” he said. “Normally in this type of game we are very good, but we didn’t pick up the tempo of the game until we went behind. Give credit to Southampton, they defended deep and compact with 10 men and made it difficult for us. But we’re disappointed.”