A thunderbolt from substitute Harvey Barnes was enough to earn Leicester City a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.
City’s winner came moments after one of Sheffield’s own substitutes had levelled the scoring when Oliver McBurnie rose above the Leicester defence to head home his first goal of the season.
McBurnie’s goal had cancelled out the lead Leicester had taken in the first half after James Maddison skilfully played through Jamie Vardy who finished well to open the scoring.
It was a game of two halves at Bramall lane. In the first the home side played a much more passive game, allowing the Foxes a lot of the ball before springing on a counter attack, which rarely trouble the Leicester defence.
The second half saw the Blades take a much more aggressive approach, playing a far higher line, leaving Leicester uncomfortable in possession.
Brendan Rodgers took more caution after his side took the lead for the second time, bringing on an extra defender in Wes Morgan to help combat the flurry of balls getting sent into his side’s box in the dying stages.
Leicester were able to survive a couple of scares late on to claim their first win of the new season and move temporarily into third place as they continue their undefeated start.
Here is how we rated the Leicester players:
Kasper Schmeichel - 7
Schmeichel dealt well with everything that came his way and made an excellent save to keep the score 2-1. His distribution was also very good.
Ricardo Pereira - 7
Ricardo perhaps wasn’t quite as effective going forward as he usually is, but he was still a handful for United’s defenders, while also doing a great job at the back.
Jonny Evans - 6.5
Evans put on another solid display at the centre of the Leicester defence.
Caglar Soyuncu - 7
Soyuncu was again showed he has what it takes to keep his spot in the side. He dealt with everything that came his way, although he was maybe a bit unsure in the air at times.
Christian Fuchs - 7
Fuchs showed his experience many times during the course of the match. He was solid defensively and composed on the ball. He always knew the right option.
Hamza Choudhury - 9 (Man of the Match)
Choudhury was outstanding, winning the ball back all over the field. He filled the boots of the injured Wilfred Ndidi perfectly. His reading of the game was phenomenal, and he was always a step ahead of everyone on the pitch.
Youri Tielemans - 6.5
Tielemans seemed to be playing in a slightly deeper role and did his job well, but failed to really stand out.
Dennis Praet - 6
Praet had a very quite game before being subbed off to make way for Harvey Barnes.
Ayoze Perez - 6
Perez was once again ineffective from the right flank. He had one golden opportunity to play Vardy through, however, only found a defender with his pass.
Jamie Vardy - 8
Vardy looked a threat in behind all afternoon. Getting caught narrowly offside on a couple of occasions before being played through for his goal, which he finished well. His pressing was also very effective.
James Maddison - 7.5
Maddison was once again positioned out wide, although, he seemed to be drifting central a lot more often. It was from a central position when he played Vardy through for the opening goal. His link up play with Vardy was very good, his set pieces could have been better.
Harvey Barnes - 7.5
Barnes took his chance superbly to win his side the game. A thundering volley from the edge of the box left the keeper rooted to the spot. His goal may help his cause in earning a starting spot in the side, another benefit of this would be Maddison moving to a central position once again.
Wes Morgan - 7
Morgan came on for one purpose, to deal with the slew of crosses being sent into the Leicester box. He did his job excellently and got his head to everything.
Nampalys Mendy - N/a
Was a late substitute.