Wednesday 16 January 2019

Foxes too sharp for Blades at Bramall Lane


Leicester City's Demarai Gray scores their first goal
Leicester City's Demarai Gray scores their first goal

Islam Slimani, Demarai Gray and Ahmed Musa reminded Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare of their capabilities by scoring the goals in a 4-1 EFL Cup victory at Sheffield United.

None of the trio has started for the 2016 Premier League champions this season, but Gray's trickery, incision and cool second-half finish demonstrated why Bournemouth have been linked with him.

Slimani - last year a £28million capture from Sporting Lisbon - was maybe fortunate to be in a position to grab a double after somehow managing to avoid dismissal on the stroke of half-time.

He took his goals well once the Sky Bet Championship Blades began to lose heart - they had threatened early on at Bramall Lane through David Brooks.

Chris Wilder's second-string side would find some late joy thanks to Caolan Lavery, yet Musa's stoppage-time finish rubber-stamped the outcome.

At the Amex Stadium, Dubliner Richie Towell made a rare start for Brighton as they beat Barnet, thanks to a James Tilley strike.

At Villa Park, new possible Irish recruit Scott Hogan scored a brace as Aston Villa cruised to a 4-1 win over League One high-flyers Wigan.

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town suffered their first defeat of the season with a 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, a James McArthur double doing the damage.

Irish internationals John O'Shea and Darron Gibson played in Sunderland's 2-1 win away to Carlisle United.

Russian Leonid Slutsky's tough start to life as Hull manager continued with a 2-0 defeat away to League One side Doncaster Rovers.

Bournemouth finally got their season off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory away to Harry Redknapp's Birmingham City. Bristol City, meanwhile, caused a major shock by beating Watford 3-2 at Vicarage Road.

League One side Bristol Rovers were not to be outdone with a 1-0 win away to Fulham.

Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan helped Norwich City to a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Charlton Athletic at Carrow Road.

John Egan was on the scoresheet for Bretford in their 4-1 win at QPR.

Swansea City beat their League One counterparts MK dons 4-1 with goals from Leroy Fer (2), Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew.

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