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West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Leicester City

By Tim OscroftBBC Sport
Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy drew level with Daniel Sturridge in scoring in eight straight Premier League games

Jamie Vardy scored for the eighth game in a row to help Leicester come back from a goal down to beat West Brom.

The England striker scored after two goals from Riyad Mahrez early in the second half had put the Foxes ahead.

Leicester dominated early on, but Salomon Rondon's near-post header gave West Brom the lead before the break.

Rickie Lambert's late penalty reduced the arrears but Leicester hung on for the win and remain unbeaten away from home so far this season.

The result and their fine run on the road pushed Claudio Ranieri's side into third place in the Premier League.

The home side had not conceded a goal in their last two outings and were on the back foot until Rondon's opener.

PlayerDate of final game in scoring runClubNumber of consecutive games scored in
Ruud van Nistelrooy23/08/03Manchester United10
Ruud van Nistelrooy19/01/02Manchester United8
Jamie Vardy31/10/15Leicester City8
Daniel Sturridge23/02/14Liverpool8
Mark Stein05/02/94Chelsea7
Ian Wright23/11/94Arsenal7
Alan Shearer30/11/96Newcastle United7
Thierry Henry09/05/00Arsenal7
Emmanuel Adebayor11/02/08Arsenal7

Mahrez's two goals in seven minutes provoked a strong reaction from West Brom, but Vardy's strike looked to have secured a comfortable win for Leicester.

Late substitute Lambert forced a save from close range in the dying seconds after grabbing his first goal since moving to The Hawthorns.

Treatment does the trick

Minutes before he had extended his scoring streak, Vardy's participation in the rest of the game had looked in doubt.

The 28-year-old went down clutching his right ankle, and had extensive treatment on the pitch, but the magic sponge did the trick with his 11th goal of the season a few seconds later.

Early warning signs

Leicester had forced the pace in the opening half-an-hour, with Vardy hitting the post after just seven minutes.

But they did not take several other chances, and West Brom made the most of their first real opportunity when Rondon's powerful header had too much on it for Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Defensive frailties

Jamie Vardy goal
Leicester went through the middle of West Brom for Jamie Vardy's goal

West Brom's defence had held firm in their two previous outings, but they were caught napping by teasing crosses from Marc Albrighton from either side of the pitch for both of Mahrez's goals.

Vardy's pace had tested the home back line all afternoon, and he used it to good effect when slicing through to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

Tests to come

West Brom go to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next weekend, and follow that with a visit to Arsenal.

Leicester will look to build on their fine start to the season by hosting Watford, and follow this by a trip to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United.

Man of the match

Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez changed the game with his goals, but was creatively influential throughout

Manager reaction

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "Leicester did really well, it was a good game and in Jamie Vardy they have an exceptional player. His pace frightened us all afternoon.

Baggies denied two penalties - Pulis

"But the referee should have given us a penalty and sent their man off. It shouldn't happen at this level - the standard of refereeing should be better.

"[Referees' chief] Mike Riley should be on the phone asking why we weren't given two penalties.

Foxes fight to the end - Ranieri

"I've had a go in the tunnel with him and I apologise about that. I should be writing my report but I do hope they look at it."

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: "We fight to the end. We have a very strong character and play good football.

"I told my players they were playing very well at half-time, to be careful at set-plays, and it was important to move the ball quickly and put them under pressure. We did that well.

"It's important Jamie Vardy continues to work for the team. The record is good for everybody."

The stats you may have missed

  • 15 of the last 17 goals converted by Claudio Ranieri's men have come in the second half.
  • Rickie Lambert has scored all seven penalties he has taken in the Premier League.
  • Leicester City have claimed 10 points from losing positions this season; a league-high.
Gary Lineker
One former Leicester hot-shot salutes another

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How West Brom v Leicester unfolded

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 13Myhill
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Evans
  • 11BruntSubstituted forMcManamanat 82'minutes
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 5YacobSubstituted forMorrisonat 76'minutes
  • 24Fletcher
  • 14McClean
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forLambertat 76'minutes
  • 33Rondón

Substitutes

  • 3Olsson
  • 4Chester
  • 7Morrison
  • 8Gardner
  • 17Lambert
  • 19McManaman
  • 21Lindegaard

Leicester

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 90mins
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6HuthBooked at 89mins
  • 15Schlupp
  • 26Mahrez
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forOkazakiat 88'minutes
  • 14Kanté
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forDyerat 76'minutes
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forKingat 69'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 10King
  • 20Okazaki
  • 24Dyer
  • 30Chilwell
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 33Inler
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
24,150

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home3
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Leicester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Leicester City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

  6. Booking

    Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

  8. Booking

    Robert Huth (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Robert Huth (Leicester City).

  10. Post update

    Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a through ball.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Leicester City 3. Rickie Lambert (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Callum McManaman draws a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Callum McManaman replaces Chris Brunt because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Dawson with a cross.