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Barkley banks a big winner as Villa build on Liverpool win at Foxes

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Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley's added-time winner lifted Aston Villa into second in the Premier League table as they beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder's 25-yard strike, as experienced defender Jonny Evans backed off, was the one piece of quality in a pay-per-view game which was in danger of seeing viewers ask for their money back.

With the Premier League's first goalless draw of the season looming, Barkley collected a pass from John McGinn before lashing a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.

In truth, neither side deserved to win a game low on entertainment with the Foxes suffering from the absence of Jamie Vardy with a calf injury and Villa strangely low-key considering their 7-2 win over Liverpool.

But the strike from Barkley, his second in as many games since joining, extended the top flight's only remaining 100 per cent record, as a side which escaped relegation by just a point in July found themselves just a point behind leaders Everton.

Villa have won their opening four league games of a season for the first time since the 1930-31 campaign.

Boss Dean Smith named the same team which beat the Premier League champions but there was nowhere near the same fluency and clinical efficiency.

Telepathy

The telepathy which Jack Grealish and Barkley seemed to have had in that game was on a different wavelength in the first half, which allowed teenage debutant Wesley Fofana to coast through the game.

Leicester's 19-year-old central defender, a £30million arrival from Saint-Etienne on deadline day, slotted seamlessly into the back four in the absence of Caglar Soyuncu, missing with an abductor injury, easing himself in with a couple of early strong challenges and growing in stature.

The fact Ollie Watkins, Villa's hat-trick hero against Liverpool, barely had a kick suggested Fofana had done a good enough job.

Villa's best opportunity fell to Trezeguet on the rare occasion Grealish found space but he shot wide under pressure. Little improved after the break, with Ezri Konsa heading wide a Grealish corner when he should have done better and Youri Tielemans twice testing Emiliano Martinez from distance.

The introduction of James Maddison, back after a calf injury, failed to lift the Foxes, who later turned to Islam Slimani for his first appearance for the club in 1,006 days.

Villa finally recorded a shot on target in the 69th minute, Douglas Luiz hitting his effort straight at Kasper Schmeichel, but it was their final one in added time that counted.


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