05 December 2019 12:32
Watford now find themselves seven points from safety after their struggles continued with a 2-0 defeat at high-riding Leicester City. The Hornets were organisationally and defensively better and showed greater right for the task in hand under interim head coach Hayden Mullins, but the Foxes were able to win at a relative canter after Jamie Vardy had scored a penalty 10 minutes into the second half and confirmed the win with a late James Maddison goal. Here's how we scored the Hornets at the King Power Stadium. Made some good saves at close quarters but there were times when he could have commanded his area better. Had responsibility for looking after Jamie Vardy and did well for the most part.
The Hornets centre-half got a break for the penalty decision in the first half, but his mistake let James Maddison through for the late second goal. A typical Cathcart performance. Looked more comfortable in a conventional back four and made some key defensive interventions. A strong defensive display otherwise, capped by a superb last-gasp clearance to prevent a certain goal. Looked the most likely to create something for the Hornets with his pace giving Christian Fuchs plenty to think about.
Looked understandably rusty on his first start since August and rarely got any change out of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu. He helped alleviate the pressure by holding up the ball and the Hornets did look better for having the skipper's leadership qualities to call upon again. Replaced Deulofeu for the last 15 or so minutes, but had few opportunities to bring his physicality to bear. Came on for Hughes with seven minutes of normal remaining. Replaced Deeney for the closing stages.
The Leicester City man once again put in a wasteful display in front of goal for the Foxes and Brendan Rodgers moved to sub him off at half time at the King Power. A number of Leicester City fans have been commenting on Twitter about their side's latest Premier League win but despite an overall decent display and a seventh league victory in a row, one player copped some flak. Ayoze Perez was named in the Foxes starting XI against Watford by Brendan Rodgers but he failed to make the most of some great chances in the early stages of the King Power encounter. Leicester could have been several goals to the good and killed off the game early on, but the Spaniard first fired over when well-placed and then volleyed well wide unmarked minutes later. In the end, Rodgers opted to take Perez off at half time, Dennis Praet taking his place, and some Leicester fans had been having their say on social media: Ayoze's gotta start putting more away.#LCFC #LEIWAT — Foxes of Leicester (@FoxesofLCFC) 4 December 2019 Ffs Ayoze — Jamie (@lcfc_jamie11) 4 December 2019 That was awful and perez again just now needs replacing by Iheanacho permanent at this rate — Stevie B (@spider0246) 4 December 2019 We need that Ayoze to turn up — Sam (@SamPerkinsLCFC_) 4 December 2019 Alex Iwobi costing £40m makes Ayoze Perez look a bargain. — Nathan (@HobLCFC) 4 December 2019 Perez off plz — (@tompkinsash57) 4 December 2019 Wasn't our best performance tonight, but seven wins on the bounce, another clean sheet and 12 points clear of fifth. Perez and Barnes both profligate in front of goal, plus Maddison and Tielemans both looked jaded. Seven goals in consecutive games for @vardy7 too. #LCFC — Jordan Halford (@JordanHalford) 4 December 2019 And competent VAR officials nuts we spent 30m on perez when u see his finishing g — James (@Ziggy92LCFC) 4 December 2019 Leicester had been kept at bay efficiently by the Hornets but the East Midlanders went on to take the lead through Jamie Vardy, who was also on target for the seventh league game in a row, scoring from the penalty spot 10 minutes after the break. The Foxes managed their lead well and added a killer second in injury time when James Maddison took advantage of poor defending from defender Adrian Mariappa to make sure of victory and move the Foxes back to second in the Premier League table, eight points off Liverpool. A woman suffered head injuries after she was reportedly attacked during a night out with friends. The victim, aged 30, was assaulted in the Wellington Street area of Leicester city centre last month. The woman had walked with a group of friends from Granby Street and along Wellington Street when she was approached by three men, Leicestershire Police said. Officers believe one of the men assaulted the woman, leaving her with a cut above her eye and swelling to her forehead. She received treatment for her injuries at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and discharged later the same night. In a statement, the force said: "A 52-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault has since been released under investigation as enquiries to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the report continue. "We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and remembers seeing the two groups of people or the incident itself." Leicestershire Police issued the appeal for witnesses on social media. Contact Leicestershire Police on 101. REFEREE John Beaton apologised to Steven Gerrard after denying Rangers a clear penalty in the second half of their draw with Aberdeen. Rangers let a two goal lead slip at Pittodrie as goals from Jon Gallagher and Andy Considine cancelled out strikes from Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack that had the Gers in control. But Gerrard was left unhappy with the controversial call from Beaton as he only awarded a free-kick when Lewis Ferguson fouled Alfredo Morelos on the edge of the area. And the Ibrox boss spoke to the official after the final whistle on a night that saw Celtic move two points clear at the top of the Premiership. READ MORE: Aberdeen 2-2 Rangers: Steven Gerrard's side squander two goal lead and two Premiership points at Pittodrie Gerrard said: "It's 100% a penalty. I'm surprised it's not given as the referee is three yards away and looking right at it. But I don't think there will be a more disappointed person outside of Rangers tonight than John. "He has just explained to me that he got it wrong, right in front of his eyes, and there is no excuse. Rangers have little time to dwell on their Pittodrie disappointment as attentions now turn to the League Cup final with Celtic on Sunday. But Gerrard could be without the services of left-back Borna Barisic after the Croatian sat out the trip to Pittodrie through injury. He said: "Barisic is a doubt for Sunday. READ MORE: Aberdeen 2 Rangers 2: Highlights as Rangers squander two goal lead at Pittodrie The draw with the Dons was the second match of a crucial run of fixtures that could define Gerrard's second term as boss as Rangers bid for domestic silverware and Europa League progression. Now the Light Blues have to quickly regroup as attentions turn to the second Old Firm showing of the campaign with major silverware on the line. Gerrard said: "We had a good chat after the international break and realised there were some tough fixtures in there – tonight being one of them. "We need to reset the mindset very quickly as it is cup final against our rivals."