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Leicester 2-0 Bournemouth: Brendan Rodgers earns third straight win as Foxes manager

Wes Morgan celebrates goal
The goal means Wes Morgan has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said his side were "outstanding" as they continued their impressive start under the Northern Irishman by comfortably beating Bournemouth to earn a third consecutive win.

Wes Morgan put the hosts ahead in the 11th minute - his second goal in as many games - by flicking Ben Chilwell's shot in off the post with the inside of his boot.

Leicester controlled the game and missed a number of chances before Jamie Vardy sealed the three points in the 82nd minute by heading Youri Tielemans' cross in off the bar.

"I thought we were excellent," Rodgers said.

"We showed a real appetite and hunger and tactically we were very good.

"Our pressing was excellent, the boys are understanding tactically how we want to press and the importance of that.

"Each game, each day in training, we are getting more used to it."

Scorer Vardy missed an excellent opportunity in the first half, dragging a first-time shot wide of the post from 10 yards when left free.

Bournemouth created fewer openings but should have equalised just four minutes after Morgan's goal through Callum Wilson.

The England striker got on the end of Ryan Fraser's cross inside the six-yard box but his volleyed finish was too close to Kasper Schmeichel, allowing the Leicester goalkeeper to save.

The win means Leicester climb to eighth in the table, having won three games in a row since losing to Watford in Rodgers' first game in charge.

This came on an emotional day for the club as fans paid tribute to their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who would have been 61 next week.

Rodgers revival rumbles on

Brendan Rodgers and Wes Morgan celebrate goal
Rodgers was appointed Leicester manager on 26 February

Leicester had to battle to win in their last game with 10 men against Burnley but this was a complete performance and one that showed Rodgers' desired style is taking shape.

Their passing was patient but vibrant with threat coming from across the forward line and they pressed high up the field to deny Bournemouth time to build from the back.

Rodgers' side repeatedly produced flowing attacking moves and had 18 shots over the 90 minutes, compared with eight from their opponents.

Vardy, who has four goals in four games under Rodgers, was the focal point but Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray threatened on the flanks while James Maddison and Tielemans caused problems in central positions.

Those four players are all aged 22 or younger, which only adds to the excitement of the resurgence under Rodgers.

The Foxes were 12th in the table when former manager Claude Puel was sacked, having lost five of their past six games.

They are now eighth - level on points with seventh-placed Wolves - and have won three games in a row for the first time since December 2017.

Leicester
Leicester fans paid tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with banners and a minute's applause in the 61st minute. Fans were given free beer or water and a cupcake before the game

Bournemouth's away woes return

The defeat means the Cherries have lost 10 of their last 11 away games - the only positive result in that run being a win in their last game on the road against bottom-of-the-table, and now relegated, Huddersfield.

Manager Eddie Howe said he had "no complaints" with the result and said he was "disappointed" with his side's performance.

"Our away record is a concern and we are trying to find ways to improve what we do," he said.

"I want a game tomorrow after that performance.

"People travel a long way to come and see us play and we didn't perform."

In the first half, they played their part in an entertaining encounter with a chance for Joshua King following the one for Wilson, but in the second they offered little attacking threat.

Striker Wilson only had 21 touches, the fewest of any starter, and none of those came in the Leicester penalty box in the second half.

Centre-back Nathan Ake was the only player to impress as he repeatedly blocked shots from Leicester players, doing so four times - three more than any other player.

The win against Huddersfield is their only victory in their last eight matches, home or away, and Howe said before kick-off that they are still not completely safe from relegation.

They remain 12th - 10 points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff who have two games in hand.

Man of the match - Youri Tielemans (Leicester)

Youri Tielemans
Leicester's performance was an excellent all-round showing but Tielemans was the most composed player in their midfield and provided a perfect assist for Vardy's goal

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  • Leicester have won three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since a run of four ending in December 2017.
  • Bournemouth are winless in six away league visits to Leicester (W0 D3 L3), since a 1-0 win on Boxing Day in 1988 under Harry Redknapp.
  • Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has won all four of his games in all competitions against Bournemouth - the only teams he has a better 100% win record against in his career are Hamilton Academical (nine wins), Fulham (seven) and Coventry City (five).
  • Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is winless in eight away league visits to Leicester City during his managerial career (W0 D4 L4).
  • Bournemouth have lost 10 of their last 11 away Premier League games, winning the other.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances, after netting in just one of his previous six.
  • Leicester's Ben Chilwell has provided three assists in the Premier League this season, more than he registered in his previous two campaigns for the Foxes (two).
  • Leicester's Wes Morgan has scored in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time in his career, also netting three goals in his last four.

What's next?

Leicester's next game is against Huddersfield, whose relegation was confirmed on Saturday with with defeat to Crystal Palace, at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday, 6 April (15:00 BST kick-off).

Bournemouth host Burnley on the same day (also 15:00 kick-off).

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Evans
  • 3Chilwell
  • 25Ndidi
  • 7GraySubstituted forGhezzalat 89'minutes
  • 21Tielemans
  • 10Maddison
  • 19BarnesSubstituted forMendyat 72'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fuchs
  • 31Ghezzal

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 23Clyne
  • 33Mepham
  • 5Aké
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forRicoat 56'minutes
  • 20BrooksBooked at 81mins
  • 4GoslingBooked at 71mins
  • 8LermaSubstituted forSolankeat 64'minutes
  • 24Fraser
  • 17KingSubstituted forStanislasat 74'minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 9Mousset
  • 10Ibe
  • 19Stanislas
  • 21Rico
  • 25Simpson
  • 29Solanke
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
31,530

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, Bournemouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Bournemouth 0.

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Jamie Vardy.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Rachid Ghezzal replaces Demarai Gray.

Attempt missed. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nampalys Mendy with a cross.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City).

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 2, Bournemouth 0. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Youri Tielemans with a cross.

Booking

David Brooks (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Brooks (Bournemouth).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Chilwell following a corner.

Attempt missed. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces Joshua King.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaces Harvey Barnes.

Booking

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Diego Rico (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.

Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Maddison.

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Maddison.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dominic Solanke replaces Jefferson Lerma.

Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Maddison.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City31252481216077
2Liverpool31237170185276
3Tottenham30201957322561
4Man Utd31187660411961
5Arsenal30186663392460
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolves31128113838044
8Leicester32135144243-144
9Everton32127134542343
10Watford31127124346-343
11West Ham32126144148-742
12Bournemouth32115164358-1538
13Crystal Palace31106153841-336
14Newcastle3198143140-935
15Brighton3096153243-1133
16Southampton3189143550-1533
17Burnley3296173759-2233
18Cardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3245232972-4317
20Huddersfield3235241859-4114
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