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City On The Sofa Talking Points: Leicester’s Efforts & Brighton Focus

During LCFC TV’s brand-new broadcast, City On The Sofa, Matt Elliott, Steve Walsh and Iwan Roberts were on hand to provide their opinions on Leicester City’s Premier League encounter with Watford on Saturday.
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- City On The Sofa guests reflect on Leicester City’s 1-1 draw with Watford
- Ben Chilwell saw his stunning goal equalised by Craig Dawson in stoppage time
- Matt Elliott, Steve Walsh and Iwan Roberts starred on the first episode of City On The Sofa

City’s Premier League return resulted in a 1-1 draw with the Hornets, who claimed a point thanks to Craig Dawson’s overhead-kick following a sublime, long-range effort from left-back Ben Chilwell.

The City On The Sofa panel, consisting of three former Foxes, provided in-game analysis from start to finish, and were then on hand to reflect on the showdown in Hertfordshire.

‘We just shaded that game’

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Hamza Choudhury & Wilfred Ndidi
Hamza Choudhury & Wilfred Ndidi

The City midfielders celebrate Ben Chilwell's opener at the home of the Hornets.

Steve Walsh said: “It was just a last-ditch scrambled effort, and in the end, Craig Dawson has got a great finish on it. It was just one of those goals that you look at, and you see the dejection in the Leicester players’ faces and that tells you that they’re gutted, and so am I. When you look at this as a whole, I think we just shaded that game. That second-half performance was dominated by Leicester, and there was only going to be one winner.”

No damage done

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Marc Albrighton
Marc Albrighton

Marc Albrighton struck the post at Vicarage Road before Ben Foster denied James Maddison with a brilliant stop.

Matt Elliott said: “Over the opening round of games, not too much damage has been done by teams that directly concern Leicester. For example, Sheffield United drew, Manchester United and Tottenham drew. Of course, we’ll have to see how the other results go, but it’s almost as you were, but if anything, Leicester are slightly better off because it’s another game ticked off.”

A fair result

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Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell's stunner initially put the Foxes ahead in Hertfordshire.

Iwan Roberts said: “I thought, at the end of the day, it was a fair result. It can be a cruel game at times. When you score an absolutely magnificent goal, as Ben Chilwell did in the 90th minute, you think: ‘Just see the next four or five minutes out, nothing silly, don’t be too adventurous’. Leicester conceded a corner that maybe could have been avoided, but that might be a bit unkind. There was a couple of ricochets, but all credit to Craig Dawson with the way he finished it.”

Tuesday’s focus

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Çağlar Söyüncü & Troy Deeney
Çağlar Söyüncü & Troy Deeney

Çağlar Söyüncü went close to scoring on the hour mark at Vicarage Road.

Steve Walsh said: “It’s another point because fifth place is another point away from us now. We’ve got a cushion. What Brendan Rodgers will do is lift the players for Tuesday night [against Brighton & Hove Albion] because Tuesday night now becomes a big game. If you go and get three points there, an away point is a good point, whatever the score and however you play. We’ll see what happens on Tuesday.”

Leicester showed class

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

The City No.9 played his 300th game for the Club in all competitions on Saturday.

Matt Elliott: “If you look at the picture overall, and Brendan Rodgers will do the same, all things considered, it’s not too bad a start. There was a little bit of rustiness and they were missing certain components of their game that they’ve had at their free-flowing best, but ultimately, I thought Watford hung in there and battled away. Leicester were the classier outfit and more often than not would go and win that game.”

Rodgers will analyse positively

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

The Northern Irishman passes on instructions from the technical area at Vicarage Road.

Iwan Roberts said: “I have to say, in the last 20 minutes, I thought Leicester were by far the fitter and stronger side, and that’s why they dominated those last 20 minutes of the game. All in all, although there will be an element of disappointment in that dressing room, I’m sure, because of the nature of the goal they conceded in the 93rd minute, I think Brendan will be positive in his reflections.”

City On The Sofa will return on Tuesday evening at 5pm, an hour before Leicester City face Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at King Power Stadium.

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