Leicester strengthened their position to third in the Premier League when Kelechi Iheanacho’s brilliant shot ended a spirited battle on Monday in a 2–1 win over Crystal Palace. Brendan Rodgers’ team followed Wilfred Zaha’s first goal at the King Power Stadium. But Timothy Casten equalized soon after the break with his first goal of September. And Nigerian striker Iheanacho sealed Leicester’s second consecutive win, when he scored a full-time final goal with power for 10 minutes.
Leicester are four points behind Chelsea, placed fourth, and seven ahead of fifth-seeded West Ham, as they prepare to qualify for the Champions League next season.
“It was a very important win for us. It was the third game in nine days, so it was a tough schedule. Going back against the Palace, they are very organized and hard to break. I felt that the players were notable. He remained calm and in control and scored two very good goals,” said coach Rodgers.
With five games left, the FA Cup finalists have equaled 62 points last season.
A late collapse in the 2020 Champions League earned the Foxes a spot, but the Roaders’ men are on the verge of repairing themselves due to the brilliant form of Iheanacho.
“We talked about it at the beginning of the season and put them to bed. Our level of performance this season has shown that it is in the past.”
In February, Iheanacho has not scored a goal in the league this season but has not won any more than 10 in the competition since. The 24-year-old scored 12 goals in his final nine matches in all competitions. He is the first Nigerian to reach double figures in Premier League goals in a season, from Odion Igallo 15 to Watford in 2015-16.
“It has been absolutely incredible over the last few months. He has no ego, he works so hard,” Rodgers said of Iheanacho. “But the goal he scored was just pure quality. You see him again, just him touch to get and then move so quickly. It was a great ending.”
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