Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho continued his role on the Leicester City bench on Thursday night, Abbeylivenetwork.com reports.
Iheanacho was handed another cameo appearance as the Foxes returned to winning ways following a 2-0 win over Leeds United at the King Power Stadium.
Despite hinting at a possible start for the 26-year-old before the game, Brendan Rodgers left Iheanacho on the bench until he came the final five minutes.
The Super Eagles man had just three touches and attempted two passes before the referee ended the game.
It was a tentative start from both teams involved searching crosses from Rasmus Kristensen and Jamie Vardy for their respective sides, but neither ball successfully found its intended destination. The opening goal arose from a similar situation, this time a turnover high up the pitch made its way to Dennis Praet, who looked for a teammate with his low cross, but instead found a sliding Robin Koch to inadvertently wrong-foot Illan Meslier.
Leeds looked for a quick response, and came agonisingly close to one when Luis Sinisterra curled onto the crossbar following a purposeful counterattack. The visitors continued to probe with Crysencio Summerville looking particularly lively, but Leicester soon doubled their lead via an incisive team move, which featured a clever flick from Vardy and a sweeping finish from Barnes.
Having ended the first period with more possession and shots than their hosts, Leeds could feel somewhat aggrieved to be two goals down. Nonetheless, Jesse Marsch’s side continued to give away possession cheaply, and aside from a close-range effort from Liam Cooper, rarely posed much threat to the Foxes’ goal. With Full time fast approaching, there was little indication of a Leeds fightback, especially given the stop-start nature of the final minutes.
The erratic ending to the contest played perfectly into Leicester’s hands, ultimately extending their unbeaten home league streak to three games and relieving some pressure off under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers. As for Leeds, they are now seven PL matches without a win and will be looking over their shoulder, as they remain above the relegation zone on goal difference alone.