Super Eagles duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho were in action at the King Power Stadium as Leicester recorded their first victory in eight games in all competitions with a 2-1 Premier League triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday evening.
Concise News reports that in front of new first team manager Brendan Rodgers, who was watching on from the stands on Filbert Way, Ndidi – a mainstay of the East Midlands club – played all 90 minutes while his compatriot, Iheanacho made a cameo. The ex-manchester City forward replaced goalscorer, Jamie Vardy in the additional time.
Meanwhile, for Leon Balogun, he did not travel with the Brighton team as a result of injury. His team would eventually succumb to Leicester 2-1.
After efforts from Vardy and Youri Tielemans, City capitalised on their early dominance by taking a 1-0 lead thanks to Demarai Gray, who slotted beyond Mat Ryan to score his fourth goal of the campaign.
Maintaining their tempo, Gray was unfortunate not to grab a second of the game when Ben Chilwell raced down the left wing and set up the City No.7, who was denied by a fine stop from Ryan.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was then called into action on 27 minutes, tipping Pascal Groß’ strike over the bar after it took a deflection off England international centre-back Harry Maguire.
Gray, buoyed by his early effort, then saw a 25-yard shot blocked by Seagulls skipper Lewis Dunk, while Schmeichel pulled off another brilliant stop as he parried former Fox Anthony Knockaert’s ferocious effort to safety.
Aiming to build on their impressive first-half showing, Vardy nodded wide of the mark from a Gray delivery on 47 minutes, before Brighton striker Glenn Murray blazed over from close range just moments later.
City continued to press and scored a second goal of the game with 63 minutes on the clock. A lovely move from the hosts saw Maddison feed Vardy, who fired beyond Ryan for his ninth Premier League goal of 2018/19.
Brighton then halved the deficit three minutes after Vardy’s strike, as Dutch midfielder Davy Pröpper converted from inside the area to get his side back into the game.
However, Chris Hughton’s men could not penetrate the City defence for a second time, while 21-year-old attacking midfielder Barnes went close to scoring his first goal for the Club on multiple occasions.
Leicester City’s first victory since beating Everton on New Year’s Day sees them move up one position to 11th in the Premier League table. The Foxes are now five points behind seventh-placed Watford, who face leaders Liverpool on Wednesday night at Anfield.
Ndidi and Iheanacho will have the chance to impress new boss Rodgers when Leicester face the tactician’s former side Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday 3 March in the Premier League.