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Leicester fight back once again

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The Foxes had to come back from two goals down once more but did so in spectacular fashion to rescue a point at Southampton.

A sloppy first half performance from Leicester saw the Saints gifted a two goal lead going into half-time but Jamie Vardy inspired a dramatic finish to the game at St Mary’s.

Despite some early pressure from the Foxes it was the hosts who took the lead through Jose Fonte; flicking on a Dusan Tadic corner to make it 1-0 in the 21st-minute. Leicester lacked creativity in the first period and it didn’t take Southampton long to grab their second from yet another set piece.

Virgil van Dijk’s early header was cleared off the line by Danny Drinkwater but he made no mistake with his second chance of the game. The ball fell at his feet following a corner and it took him two attempts to finally stab the ball home to give his side some breathing space.

One thing that has been vital for Leicester this season is their ‘never say die’ attitude and this was present again as they emerged after the interval.

Claudio Ranieri made two key changes after the break by bringing on Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Dyer to spark new life into Leicester.

They had Southampton on the ropes from the offset of the second half and the Foxes equalised mid-way through the half when some trickery from Dyer allowed him to find Vardy who headed home to give Leicester hope.

Vardy was heavily involved in the England team over the international break but failed to make an impact as Roy Hodgson is insistent on playing him on the wing. Vardy showed his quality as a striker in injury time as he fired home an equaliser after a great pass from Mahrez.

It was a dominant second half performance from Leicester and if they had played in such an attacking-minded way for the whole game they could have earned all three points.

Vardy now has nine goals for the season which sees him remain as the Premier League’s top goal scorer with three goals more than his closest rival.

The Foxes are still 5th in the table with only one loss so far this season and snatching a late result in this game will be a huge confidence booster.

Jose Fonte southampton Virgil van Dijk

About Mark Sheppard

I am an 18-year-old Journalism and Media student at De Montfort University, Leicester. I enjoy writing, especially about sport because my interests involve football, snooker, rugby, F1 and tennis.

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