Leicester City fell short of winning their ninth Premier League game in a row after they were frustrated by Norwich City in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. 


Despite their inferior league position, the Canaries started much better out of the two teams with Teemu Pukki inches away from latching onto Max Aarons inviting cross 15 minutes in. 11 minutes later Pukki would get his goal, sliding in Emiliano Buendia's through ball to give Norwich the lead.


The visitors' advantage would last just 12 minutes with Jamie Vardy glancing on a header from James Maddison's corner that Tim Krul then palmed into his own net. After this Leicester re-jigged formation and looked dominant after half time, with Vardy hitting the post in the 47th minute.

The Foxes continued to have the lion's share of possession but struggled to carve out many good opportunities with Norwich defending resolutely. In fact, it was the visitors who came closest to breaking the deadlock, with a last-ditch Ricardo Pereira challenge preventing the Finish striker from grabbing a winner.


Here's 90min's breakdown of the game.


Leicester City

Talking Point 

After recording eight consecutive Premier League wins prior to this afternoon's game, you would have been forgiven in thinking that the visit of 19th placed Norwich would have been a relatively straightforward task for Brendan Rodgers' side. ​


Surprisingly though Leicester were underwhelming in the opening exchanges and deservedly went behind. Deploying a 4-4-2 diamond that had proved so successful in last weekend's comfortable victory over ​Aston Villa, the hosts were lacking the overloads in wide areas that have brought them so much success during the campaign so far.

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Attacking full-backs Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira were isolated with Rodgers even substituting Kelechi Iheanacho in the first half to try and provided his side with more width. Harvey Barnes introduction after half time completed the Foxes' transition back to their tried and tested 4-1-4-1 formation and it had an immediate positive impact. 


Vardy had a string of good chances in the first half with only Krul's heroics or misfortunate preventing Leicester from taking the lead. 


In the end a lack of cutting edge cost the Foxes on Saturday, which will worry Rodgers going into a vital double header against ​Manchester City and then ​Liverpool in the league.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Schmeichel (6); Pereira (7), Evans (6), Soyuncu (5), Chilwell (6); Ndidi (8*), Praet (6), Tielemans (7), Maddison (6); Vardy (7), Iheanacho (6).


Substitutes: Gray (5), Barnes (5).


Star Man

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​For all the praise that has been lavished on the likes of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes this season, the real thing that makes this Leicester team tick is Wilfred Ndidi. 


The Nigerian was imperious once again winning the ball with stunning regularity all afternoon, while also impressing with a range of passing. 


Ndidi also showed great leadership to calm down his compatriot Iheanacho, after he was involved in a controversial incident in the first half. 

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Norwich City

Talking Point

Struggling Norwich would no doubt have been nervous ​going into this afternoon's meeting with the free-scoring Foxes. The Canaries had the second worst defensive record in the league before this fixture but managed to defy the odds by keeping Leicester's front two quiet in the first period. 


Jamie Vardy barely had a sniff in the opening exchanges - testament to Christophe Zimmermann's and Ben Godfreys' great positioning - and the visitors were extremely unfortunate to concede via Krul's own goal just before half time.

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In the second half Norwich put in a perfect away performance, sitting in a disciplined low block and waiting for their opportunities to counter. 


The only time the Canaries really invited pressure was when they tried to play out from the back in inappropriate circumstances, a habit that Daniel Farke will be keen for his side to cut out.   


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Krul (8); Aarons (7), Zimmermann (7), Godfrey (7), Byram (6); Trybull (7), Tettey (6), McClean (6); Buendia (7), Cantwell (5), Pukki (8*).


Substitutes: Stiepermann (6), Vrancic (6), Hernandez (6).


Star Man

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As long as Norwich have Teemu Pukki leading the line, they have a chance of avoiding the drop. 


Not many strikers have been able to penetrate the defences of Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans this season and the fact that the Finish international caused the pair so many problems is indicative of his ability. 


Pukki took the game's first goal clinically, with his movement always providing the Canaries with an outlet for their counter attacks. 

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Looking Ahead 

Next up, Leicester ​travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in the EFL Cup quarter finals on Wednesday, before they have a festive double header against Manchester City and then Liverpool. 


Norwich on the other hand are out of the cup so have to wait a full seven days for their next fixture - a Premier League game against Wolves.