Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare said giving Riyad Mahrez a “kick up the backside” had paid off as the Algerian’s first goal of the season rescued a point against West Bromwich Albion.Nacer Chadli’s sublime free-kick – West Brom’s only shot on target – looked set to earn the Baggies a hard-earned win in a game short on quality.But Mahrez, who had wasted a great chance when the game was goalless, marked his return to the side after being dropped against Bournemouth by tucking home 10 minutes from time.
“I left him out against Bournemouth, gave him a kick up the backside, and he was excellent in training,” said Shakespeare, whose side remain in the relegation zone and without a win in six Premier League games.”You want the response and the right response.”
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Mahrez’s goal is the third time this season West Brom have conceded an equaliser in the final 15 minutes of a league match.”When we scored, I felt we became more comfortable but every game in this league is tough,” said Baggies boss Tony Pulis.”Unless you are right on it you are not going to get what you deserve.”The last time Leicester went six league matches without a victory, Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager.Reaction from the King Power StadiumWhere is Leicester’s next win coming from?The Foxes are two points from a position of safety and have taken just three points from their six matches since beating Brighton 2-0 on 19 August.They created the better chances in a desperately poor game at the King Power Stadium and, even with Mahrez’s late goal, it was another lacklustre performance.The Foxes have won just once in their past 11 league games under Shakespeare, whose decision to drop Shinji Okazaki for Kelechi Iheanacho failed to ignite the side.The £25m summer signing from Manchester City was underwhelming in his second league start for the club, touching the ball just 12 times in the opening 45 minutes – all outside the Baggies’ penalty area.West Brom were without England keeper Ben Foster, who injured a knee while playing with his son at home.Boaz Myhill was drafted in for his first Premier League start for 18 months yet Leicester put little pressure on him – there were no passes between Iheanacho and strike partner Jamie Vardy in the first half, and the former was replaced with 15 minutes to go by Slimani.The Algerian’s introduction proved pivotal, as he teed up compatriot Mahrez for his goal.
West Brom’s annoying habitWest Brom appeared to come with the intention of frustrating their hosts – and came close to carrying out their gameplan to perfection.But Pulis will be concerned at the annoying habit his side have developed of turning victories into draws.They dropped two points at home to Stoke on 27 August when Peter Crouch was allowed to equalise in the 77th minute, and Richarlison secured a point for Watford with a 90th-minute goal at The Hawthorns on 30 September.Had they held out against Stoke, Watford and Leicester, West Brom would be fourth in the table on 16 points.Instead, they are 10th on 10 points.Man of the match – Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
‘We deserved the equaliser’ – the managersLeicester manager Craig Shakespeare:”When you have as much possession as we did and then go a goal down you are always worried how it affects the players.”But we showed the spirit we have and the resilience and we deserved a goal.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis:”Our quality is better than what we showed at times, but you can’t fault their effort, commitment and the way they defend by putting their bodies in the way.”We’re disappointed, obviously, but every game is a tough game in this league.”
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Set-piece specialists – the statsWest Brom have scored 47 set-piece goals (excluding penalties) in the Premier League since Tony Pulis took charge in January 2015 – more than any other side.Leicester have picked up just six points from their first eight Premier League games this season, their lowest haul at this stage since 2003-04.Mahrez scored his first Premier League goal since netting against Watford back in May.West Brom have won just twice in their past 17 Premier League games (D6 L9), after winning eight of the 17 before that.Nacer Chadli netted his first goal since scoring against West Ham on 11 February 11 2017.What’s next?Both sides are back in action on Saturday. After Leicester seek a much-needed win at Swansea City (15:00 BST), West Brom are at Southampton (17:30 BST).Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsLeicester1Schmeichel2SimpsonSubstituted forChilwellat 74’minutes5Morgan15Maguire28Fuchs26Mahrez21IborraSubstituted forKingat 90+4’minutes25Ndidi11AlbrightonBooked at 68mins8IheanachoBooked at 62minsSubstituted forSlimaniat 74’minutes9VardySubstitutes3Chilwell7Gray10King12Hamer18Amartey19Slimani20OkazakiWest Brom13MyhillBooked at 47mins25Dawson26HegaziBooked at 8mins6Evans3Gibbs8Livermore20Krychowiak18Barry19RodriguezSubstituted forMcCleanat 84’minutes9Rondón22ChadliSubstituted forMcAuleyat 84’minutesSubstitutes2Nyom5Yacob10Phillips11Brunt14McClean23McAuley40PalmerReferee:Mike DeanAttendance:30,203Match StatsHome TeamLeicesterAway TeamWest BromPossessionHome57%Away43%ShotsHome11Away5Shots on TargetHome3Away1CornersHome4Away1FoulsHome13Away6Live TextPosted at Match ends, Leicester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.Full TimePosted at 90’+6′ Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.SubstitutionPosted at 90’+4′ Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Vicente Iborra.Posted at 90’+3′ Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).Posted at 90’+3′ Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90’+1′ Attempt blocked. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.Posted at 89′ Foul by Christian Fuchs (Leicester City).Posted at 89′ James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 84′ Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Jay Rodriguez.SubstitutionPosted at 84′ Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth McAuley replaces Nacer Chadli.Posted at 83′ Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 83′ Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).Posted at 82′ Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Boaz Myhill.Posted at 82′ Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.Goal!Posted at 80′ Goal! Leicester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Islam Slimani with a headed pass.Posted at 78′ Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Maguire.SubstitutionPosted at 74′ Substitution, Leicester City. Ben Chilwell replaces Danny Simpson.SubstitutionPosted at 74′ Substitution, Leicester City. Islam Slimani replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.Posted at 72′ Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).Posted at 72′ Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 71′ Offside, Leicester City. Harry Maguire tries a through ball, but Wilfred Ndidi is caught offside.Posted at 71′ Attempt blocked. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross.Posted at 71′ Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jay Rodriguez.Posted at 69′ Attempt missed. Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.BookingPosted at 68′ Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 68′ Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).Posted at 68′ Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 65′ Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 65′ Foul by Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion).Goal!Posted at 63′ Goal! Leicester City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1. Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.BookingPosted at 62′ Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 62′ Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).Posted at 62′ Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 60′ Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Danny Simpson.Posted at 59′ Foul by Vicente Iborra (Leicester City).Posted at 59′ Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 57′ Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).Posted at 57′ Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 54′ Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).Posted at 54′ Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC Black Country