- Leicester City beat Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road in the Barclays Premier League
- Jamie Vardy scored his seventh of the season from the penalty spot to make it 1-0
- Jeffrey Schlupp adds a second before Norwich substitute Dieumerci Mbokani pulls a goal back
- With the victory, City move up to fourth place in the league table
- The Foxes haven’t lost away from home since a 4-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in March
A brilliant battling display from Leicester City saw them return to winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
It was England striker Jamie Vardy who opened the scoring emphatically from the penalty spot midway through the first half after being brought down inside the box by Sebastien Bassong.
Jeffrey Schlupp doubled that advantage with a delightful low finish just minutes after the break, but Norwich eventually pulled a goal back through substitute Dieumerci Mbokani.
Norwich bombarded the Foxes with a late spell of pressure, but it wasn’t enough, as City deservedly took all three points to move up to fourth place in the league table.
There were two changes for the Foxes heading into the match, with Christian Fuchs and Danny Simpson coming in the full-back positions. That meant Ritchie De Laet and Riyad Mahrez dropped to the bench, with Schlupp pushing into midfield.
The Canaries began with the dangerous Wes Hoolahan playing off main striker Cameron Jerome, and as early as the third minute they gave an indication of their potential to link up – Jerome firing just over with a first time effort.
Marc Albrighton and Danny Drinkwater did their best to upstage that with a great combination to put the ball onto the head of Shinji Okazaki, who couldn’t quite steer his effort goalwards.
Although the home side had the lion’s share of the early possession, City’s high pressing approach meant much of it was deep in their own half, with Okazaki and Vardy ready to pounce on the slightest mistake.
But rather than wait for a mistake, Vardy almost made something happen by himself on 21 minutes. He raced away to the touchline, faked to pull the ball back for Okazaki and saw his angled shot deflected into the side netting.
Schlupp, Albrighton, Drinkwater and Simpson all then had efforts as City began to click into gear, and on 26 minutes, they were given a golden chance from the penalty spot when Vardy raced onto N’Golo Kanté’s pass and was bundled over by Bassong.
The striker dusted himself down to rifle the spot kick straight down the middle for 1-0, and his seventh goal of a quite brilliant start to the Premier League season.
Schlupp very nearly doubled that lead minutes afterwards, but arrived just a fraction too late to convert Albrighton’s sensational cross.
At the other end a dangerous left wing cross from Graham Dorrans required a brilliant defensive header from Robert Huth the stop the ball reaching Jerome, but it was Leicester who were looking the most dangerous.
Vardy in particular was getting plenty of joy in behind Bassong. On 42 minutes Drinkwater found that very run, but Alexander Tettey recovered well at the far post to stop Vardy’s cross reaching Okazaki for a tap-in.
The Canaries came out fired up after the break and immediately had City backtracking with a series of dangerous deliveries that the Foxes just about scrambled away.
But you concede possession to Leicester City at your peril, and the Foxes were quick to unload a clinical counter attack on the unsuspecting Canaries. Okazaki won possession inside his own half, allowing Schlupp to break forward. The Ghana international exchanged passes with the brilliant Kanté and rifled across John Ruddy for 2-0.
With the introduction of Nathan Redmond and Dieumerci Mbokani from the bench for Norwich, it was clear that the Foxes would have plenty to deal with defensively if they were to secure that elusive clean sheet.
Yohan Benalouane was introduced for the Foxes from the bench after the hour mark, with Simpson suffering from cramp, but the pattern of the second half didn’t change – Norwich pressure and Leicester on the counter.
It wasn’t comfortable for the Foxes though, as Mbokani thundered a header onto the crossbar in a move that should have served as a warning.
Just moments later he arrived unmarked at the far post to flick a Robbie Brady cross beyond Schmeichel to pull the hosts to within a goal..
Leo Ulloa was introduced for Okazaki with 20 minutes to go and wasted no time in heading the ball into the net for what he thought was 3-1. However the referee pulled back play for a push by the striker on Jerome in the build up.
Both teams made their final change on 77 minutes. Andy King replaced Schlupp for City and Kyle Lafferty came on for Jerome for the hosts – teeing up what looked likely to be a tense finale.
There was an extended break in play after a knock to Vardy, but the striker shook it off and very nearly found the back of the net. He picked the ball out of the air brilliantly, but flashed an angled drive just wide.
The pressure continued to be all Norwich’s, but the chances were all City’s. Vardy was twice denied on the counter attack in six minutes of stoppage time, but despite ball after ball into the Leicester box, the Foxes held out for a brilliant 2-1 victory.
NORWICH: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin (c), Bassong, Howson, Jerome (Lafferty 77), Brady, Hoolahan, Jarvis (Mbokani 59), Dorrans (Redmond 50), Tettey
SUBS NOT USED: Rudd, Olsson, Bennett, O’Neil
GOAL: Mbokani 68
CITY: Schmeichel, Drinkwater, Morgan (c), Huth, Vardy, Albrighton, Kante, Schlupp (King 77), Simpson (Benalouane 65), Okazaki (Ulloa 70), Fuchs
SUBS NOT USED: Schwarzer, De Laet, Mahrez, Inler
GOALS: Vardy 28 pen, Schlupp 47
REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg