Leicester’s James Maddison holds his head after gifting Bournemouth the decisive goal at the King Power Stadium (Tim Goode/PA)
Bournemouth plunged managerless Leicester into deeper hassle close to the foot of the Premier League with an indispensable 1-0 victory that lifted Gary O’Neil’s facet out of the backside three and up to 15th.
As the Foxes had been declining to remark on reviews, former Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was once in “advanced talks” to fill the King Power emptiness left with the aid of Brendan Rodgers remaining week, the measurement of the job that may face the American used to be on open show as Leicester’s winless run reached eight league games.
James Maddison, the England midfielder at the forefront of these gamers Leicester, would possibly appear to drag them out of trouble; they used to be this time the ones to put them in it, getting an again skip all incorrect to enable Philip Billing to furnace Bournemouth in the front 5 minutes earlier than the break.
It was once a present of a purpose; however, Bournemouth had been priceless in their lead.
The Cherries travelled north having misplaced eight of their remaining nine away video games but have needed more front foot towards a Leicester facet who, besides a smooth sheet in 15, would show very hospitable opponents in the first half.
Only two minutes in, Wout Faes left a lower back skip for Daniel Iversen, unaware of Dominic Solanke lurking on his shoulder. The goalkeeper did adequately win the project earlier than clearing the danger.
Moments later, Billing’s free-kick clipped the outdoor of the put-up after Victor Kristiansen fouled Solanke on the area of the area.
Leicester confirmed glimpses – Kristiansen’s move narrowly ignored Jamie Vardy earlier than Tim Castagne flashed a shot vast – however, the motion was once targeted in the different 1/2 with Bournemouth, who commenced the day solely one location above the Foxes in the relegation zone, searching the brighter, more excellent purposeful side.
Iversen did nicely flip Billing’s deflected shot narrowly extensively earlier than Solanke used to be unable to locate the goal on the flip after Dango Ouattara performed a move simply at the back of him.
That would be one of Ouattara’s closing contributions earlier than he was once pressured off earlier than the spoil. However, Bournemouth did no longer omit a beat as they quickly took the lead courtesy of Maddison’s horrible lower back to ignore into the direction of Billing, who hit a low shot past Iversen.
Seeking to make amends, Maddison noticed a shot deflected huge using Chris Mepham in first-half stoppage time; however, Bournemouth has been lower back on pinnacle after the break.
Iversen had to make a string of close-range saves, first from Solanke, then two on the goalline from a nook to deny Mepham and Jack Stephens.
The goalkeeper saved Solanke’s shot from a tight perspective earlier than replacement Marcus Tavernier fired into the crowd.
In between times, Maddison had surged forward, flicking it vast for Vardy, who may want to discover Harvey Barnes with a cross no longer.
It was once the exceptional pass Leicester had produced; however, a rarity and period in-between boss Adam Sadler quickly made attacking modifications as Kelechi Iheanacho and Patson Daka changed Vardy and Ricardo Pereira.
Once, Leicester was lifted, and Maddison, seeing a shot, became over earlier than Neto held a Faes header.
More assaults came; however, there have been fouls earlier than Neto denied first Barnes, then Iheanacho, and neither would have counted anyway.
Barnes quickly hobbled off and was once changed by way of Tete.
The Brazilian’s first contribution was to drag a shot broad from a nook as toothless Leicester proved unable to locate a way via a Bournemouth defence that had started the day with solely one smooth sheet in 24 top-flight away games.
Many of these Leicester followers who caught round via six minutes introduced on then made their emotions clear with chants of ‘You’re no longer suit to put on the shirt’ after the closing whistle.