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Leicester City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

Matt Phillips (right) scores
Matt Phillips (right) scored his first of the season for West Brom

Winger Matt Phillips punished a horrendous error by midfielder Danny Drinkwater to score the winner for West Brom at champions Leicester.

Two goals in three second-half minutes livened up what had been a dull encounter at the King Power Stadium.

The Baggies scored first when midfielder James Morrison, making his first league start since January, headed in from Phillips' brilliant right-wing cross.

Moments later Riyad Mahrez, on Leicester's right, provided a similarly accurate delivery for £29m club-record signing Islam Slimani to nod in his fourth goal since joining the Foxes in the summer.

But with 18 minutes remaining Phillips pounced on the ball after Drinkwater miscontrolled, and strode forward before dinking his shot past keeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

Still not clicking at Leicester

At this stage last season, Claudio Ranieri's side had come away from The Hawthorns with a 3-2 win that lifted them to third in the table. Over the subsequent 27 matches they only dropped points in 10 en route to a stunning Premier League title success.

After 11 games this season, the Foxes have three wins and sit in 14th spot, only two points above the relegation zone.

On Sunday, they mustered only two efforts on target, one of which produced their goal.

One of the three main protagonists in Leicester's success last season who remain at the club, Mahrez, impressed against the Baggies. The other two - Jamie Vardy and Drinkwater - looked lacklustre.

Vardy came off the bench for the third time this season, and with the one chance he had he sent his eight-yard header wide. Drinkwater, Ranieri's dependable midfielder last campaign, produced a careless mistake for the West Brom winner. In total, the central midfielder lost possession 26 times, more than any player apart from the attacking Mahrez.

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Phillips could be a great asset

With current Baggies top scorer Nacer Chadli missing through injury, summer signing Phillips stepped up as a more than able replacement.

Against Leicester he was outstanding. The 25-year-old provided a pinpoint cross for Morrison's headed goal and was alert to Drinkwater's error in the 74th minute, before applying a well-judged finish.

The former QPR man was the standout player on the pitch - he managed a goal, an assist, three shots and three key passes.

Man of match - Matt Phillips (West Brom)

Matt Phillips (centre)
Matt Phillips (centre) could prove to be a great foil for striker Salomon Rondon in the absence of Nacer Chadli

Manager reaction

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: "We tried to do our match - the first half wasn't so good, the second was better.

"Today it wasn't so easy. Maybe we played too much in Champions League.

"We have to speak to find a solution together. I am unhappy because we lost our home record.

"We have to stay together as we did last season when everything was right."

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "Phillips should score a lot more goals. It is confidence that is the problem for him. He has the tools to be a very good player.

"He has got everything a top player needs - power and strength and quality on the ball. The big weakness is his belief; he should have no doubts at all.

"I have had a chat with the Chinese owners about bringing good players in over the next few windows. Chadli came in and has been first class - that is what the club have to do."

The stats you need to know

  • Leicester have lost their first home game in the Premier League since September 2015, having previously gone 20 unbeaten (W13 D7).
  • The Foxes conceded more than once in a Premier League home game for just the third time in 2016 (twice against West Brom, once against West Ham).
  • West Brom scored more than once while winning away from home in the Premier League for the first time since April 2015 (2-0 at Crystal Palace).
  • This is the first time Tony Pulis has registered a Premier League victory against a reigning champion, drawing four and losing 10 before today.
  • All four of Islam Slimani's goals for Leicester have been headers and at the King Power Stadium.
  • Mahrez registered his first assist in the Premier League since March (also against West Brom).
  • Phillips scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the third time in his career.

What's next?

The Foxes are away at Watford on 19 November for a 15:00 GMT kick-off. Two days later West Brom are at home to Burnley for an 20:00 GMT start.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 21Zieler
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6HuthSubstituted forUlloaat 87'minutes
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10King
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 7MusaSubstituted forGrayat 67'minutes
  • 19Slimani
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forVardyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Hamer
  • 13Amartey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Evans
  • 2Nyom
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5Yacob
  • 11BruntBooked at 90mins
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 90+2'minutes
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forGardnerat 83'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 8Gardner
  • 13Myhill
  • 20Galloway
  • 45Leko
  • 47Field
  • 49Wilson
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
31,879

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces James Morrison.

Booking

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

Booking

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Robert Huth.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Gardner replaces Matt Phillips.

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Craig Dawson.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Attempt saved. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Robert Huth.

Attempt blocked. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Ahmed Musa.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Robert Huth (Leicester City).

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Islam Slimani (Leicester City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Foul by Ahmed Musa (Leicester City).

goal

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