Vardy downs Baggies to virtually keep Foxes up

West Bromwich Albion suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of English Premier League champions Leicester City at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

  • West Brom 0 Leicester 1
  • Vardy gives Foxes the lead
  • Leicester holds out for three points
  • Shakespeare's side virtually secures top-flight status

Match summary

Jamie Vardy's 43rd minute goal proved to be the only goal of the game in an otherwise poor game of football, where champions Leicester City virtually secured their top-flight status by reaching the elusive 40-point marker.

Full report

After the opening ten minutes, it looked set to be a fixture not for the football purists, with rigid and direct football on display. Both sides aren't known for a possession based style of football and fashioned out little to no chances, until Jamie Vardy popped up with a classic Leicester City goal.

The Foxes pressed Tony Pulis' side high up the pitch and striker Salomon Rondon, who is goalless in 18 matches, provided a poor backpass that Shinji Okazaki intercepted and played into the path of the England international.

Vardy showed real composure to just smash the ball high into the net as Ben Foster went down to ground, which sparked a period of excitement just before the break.

However, it proved to be a false sense of excitement as the Baggies still sat deep in the second-half, providing their lone striker with little support – a side whose goal drought stretched to more than 10 hours of league football.

Vardy and last seasons PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez looked particularly lively going forward, picking out holes and running behind a static defence of Pulis' side. But a combination of poor finishing and Foster kept the scoreline at 1-0.

Nonetheless, the three points secured for the Foxes sees Craig Shakespeare's side virtually retain their top-flight status by reaching the 40-point mark, while the Baggies remain in eighth spot.