A dramatic late goal from Leonardo Ulloa restored Leicester’s lead at the top to five points after a gritty 1-0 win against Norwich at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Leicester 1 Norwich 0
- Amartey makes debut for Foxes
- Canaries provide threat on counter
- Sub Ulloa notches last-gasp goal
- Leicester extend lead to five points
The Foxes were strong favourites to bounce back from their title setback a fortnight ago, but they came up against a very stubborn Norwich City side and had to work extremely hard to secure all three points.
The Canaries were a threat all afternoon on the counter attack, with Cameron Jerome wasting two good chances to give Norwich a shock lead and Nathan Redmond going close with a long-range effort.
Leicester looked set to lose more ground in the title race, but 80th-minute substitute Ulloa sparked wild scenes once again at the King Power with simple tap-in in the 89th minute.
The home fans were in good voice straight from the referee’s whistle as they looked to pick their team up from the cruel defeat to Arsenal.
They were almost silenced though when Cameron Jerome raced through on goal in the ninth minute, only to hesitate and allow Kasper Schmeichel to collect the loose ball.
The hosts then began to target the right flank to try and pry open the Norwich defence. Shinji Okazaki’s clever flick was repelled by a solid defensive block before Russell Martin almost turned in to his own net when intercepting a cross from Albrighton.
Albrighton was presented with an opening of his own when Okazaki expertly teed up his Foxes team-mate. He had a clear sight of goal from 20 yards out but was unable to keep his effort down.
After seeing off another spell of sustained pressure from the Foxes, Norwich once again showed their threat on the counter attack. Jerome was guilty of wasting yet another good opportunity just before the break, somehow heading wide from just six yards out.
Nathan Redmond then forced Schmeichel into action with a low, fierce drive to close a first half which the Canaries would have been very happy with.
After the restart Leicester continued to try and take command of the game high up the pitch, but the likes of Mahrez and Christian Fuchs were both thwarted by the Norwich defence.
With the hour mark looming, the quick feet of Mahrez won Leicester a free-kick on the edge of the area. The ball was released to the usually quiet Jamie Vardy, who struck low and hard straight at John Ruddy.
After Danny Drinkwater spurned another half-chance, it prompted Claudio Ranieri into a double change for the Foxes with Jeffery Schlupp and Andy King coming on to try and provide fresh attacking impetus with 20 minutes remaining.
It was still not enough for Ruddy to be truly tested in the Norwich goal, and so Ranieri added another striker into the mix with the 80th-minute introduction of Leonardo Ulloa.
The decision turned out to be another stroke of genius by the Italian, as the former Brighton striker found himself all alone in the Norwich box with a minute to spare to tap home what could be another crucial goal in the Premier League title race.