They had almost lost flavor. Authors of a canon start to the season, but slowed down in December (draw against Norwich and defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool), the Leicester players found the taste for success in the Premier League this Saturday at West Ham (2-1) . Victory had shunned them for three weeks in the Championship (4-1 at Aston Villa, December 8).

Not everything was easy for the Foxes, deprived of their scorer Jamie Vardy (17 goals in 19 days), who stayed with his wife who gave birth to their third child. Gray first saw his penalty stopped by Fabianski (12th), who provoked him by hitting Iheanacho in the box (10th). The latter finally unlocked the situation at close range from the head, on a handover from Perez (0-1, 40th).

Ayoze Perez decisive double passer

A short lead, since West Ham did not cogitate and quickly equalized by Fornals, after a nice collective movement, orchestrated by Felipe Anderson (45th). Already a decisive passer in the first period, Ayoze Perez did it again in the second act. For Gray, this time, who caught up after his missed penalty and delivered his own (56th).

Leicester then managed its lead to the end, Brendan Rodgers bringing in its usual holders (Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes) to maintain this advantage. Which allows them to return to ten points from the Reds, and, above all, to temporarily take four lengths ahead of City. Whatever happens on Sunday, the Foxes’ first half of the season will remain exceptional.

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